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Literally means exactly or truly. If OP literally set her boyfriend's house on fire with her shit, the shit would be the accelerant and the direct cause of the fire. But it wasn't, it was the fan, and most likely faulty wiring, that was the true(literal) cause of the fire. So OP literally set her boyfriend's house on fire by opening the air vent.

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  species4872  |  17

#15 Who cares, The shit hit the fan regardless. OK

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Some people didn't understand why the use of literally was wrong, I merely explained to clear up confusion. In any case, if you speak English, then you should care, because using literally when you really mean figuratively (the opposite of literally) just looks stupid. It's like using the word "happy" when you really mean "sad," it makes no sense.

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  RpiesSPIES  |  24

Sorry to tell ya, #4 and others, but the definition of Literally was expanded years ago to mean both Literally AND Figuratively. The ones whom 'Can't even' succeeded in ruining words.

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  trollcrusher  |  17

Sadly, #21 is right. I believe that at least three major dictionaries have added secondary definitions of "literally" that completely contradict its original definition, which seems absolutely nonsensical to me. It's hard to believe that instead of trying to educate people on how to properly speak their language, we just mangled the meaning of a word to facilitate ignorance and laziness.

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  trollcrusher  |  17

A lot of different usages of different words have been around for a long time. That's kind of a moot point though, because ignorance and idiocy have also been around for... well, a long time. Ignorance is a rather good explanation for someone using a word incorrectly. Doing something wrong for long enough doesn't seem like a logical method to make it right, especially in this case; there are so many words and literary techniques already available for expressing yourself figuratively. Changing the definition of the word "literally" to include "figuratively" serves as much purpose (and makes as much sense) as adding the definition "sad" to the word "happy". Okay, rant over. English sure can get me riled up, I suppose.

By  Janetemokid  |  13

It'll be a nice ice breaker for the next gathering. "Aye remember that one time I set your house on fire with my shit? Good times." Don't worry op it was just a freak accident!

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