“Literally” is being wrongly used by people every day. You hear it a lot of TV when people are talking about experiences or things that happened to them. There are even editors that use this adverb incorrectly. They described their debut novel by the sentence “it literally broke my heart”, which we all know it can not happen. A book can never “literally” break your heart, unless you liquefy it and injected into the blood stream, or throw it extremely fast at someones chest.
This adverb has such a specific meaning that when we misuse it, we are simply destroying its meaning. So to help deal with the problem, Slate has released a browser extension that will change “literally” with “figuratively”. The extension will simply swap the two words on every article or piece of text you are viewing with your browser. It will, however, not work for Tweets or for illustrations. Once you install it, you can test it by doing a search for the word “literally” and you will notice that all of them will show as “figuratively”.
That poses a little problem though, as all the instances of the adverb will be changed, no matter if it used correctly or not. Grammar enthusiasts seem pleased with this anyway, and I can see why. I was literally sick of people using it incorrectly. If you would like to try this extension, you can literally click on the link above and start using it.
If you then read this article again, it will look slightly different, which is interesting to say the least.