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Comment Re:Literally? (Score 1) 177

I try to reason with myself and say, "Oh, people just use this word for emphasis. This is the nature of language change", but that's fine and dandy for speech. Slashdot seems like it requires a higher register, and an attempt to stick to the standard language (whatever it is), and yet I see literally in these situations, and it irritates me. What does it really mean? They're going to scrap the machines and throw them in the dump? Are they going to sell the metals to countries in the former U.S.S.R.?

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"