Britons are again chortling over the misuse of the word literally, after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “You see people literally in a different galaxy who are paying extraordinary low rates of tax.”
That’s a long way to go to avoid high tax rates.
Other great uses of literally:
- Soccer player Michael Owen described as “literally a greyhound.”
- Norwegians who are “literally born on skis.”
- Popular books that “literally fly off the shelves.”
- An extremely precise weather forecast that calls for “literally just a spot or two of rain.”
Also in this week’s podcast:
Many courts in the US are cutting costs by using unqualified court interpreters. Local courts say they often can’t afford the fees for certified interpreters. But a growing number of non-English speakers are using the court system. Interpreters argue that miscarriages of justice will become more common if courts use untrained interpreters.