On NPR this morning in a debate over the debt ceiling, I heard a contributor say that the Republican Party is sufficiently ideological to "literally drive the country off a cliff." Literally.
But that's Joe Biden. This is NPR -- a network that prides itself on high culture, that broadcasts Chopin, and radio drama, and breathless reports like "Are We Overusing Adjectives?" I feel a bit like LBJ this morning. "If I've lost the hoity toity radio hosts, I've lost middle America."
Literally is just one of the things, like the subjunctive, that I find hard to let go. But is it time to concede the battle? Or is this pet peeve just a fashionable cause with no bearing in the language itself? What say you?
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