Sunday, November 11, 2007

Where to Lunch?

Biscotti and I wanted to go out for lunch today. Our first choice was Anton's. No can do, they didn't open til 4. Our next choice was Chianti Cafe. No can do, they're closed for good. What?!? Really? According to the infallible internet, yes, really. There is a Chianti Cafe blog, and it looks like it was created just to do one post, thereby creating a place for customers to comment and share memories. Scrolling those comments, I came across my third entry on Misuse List, Literally. For the record, we had all-you-can-eat lunch with L&G at Taisho at Metrotown.


cher said...

it's nuts how people misuse this word. I keep hearing it now. I think...oh, I don't need to write that one down. I'll totally remember to tell you... then, nope....nothin'. It turns out that I have a horrible memory. Literally.
I think you should compile all these misuses, and write a book. It is brilliant and so funny. You are a genius. I'm serious. I would buy it.

jblueafterglow said...

biscotti pointed out this new hobby of mine to my mom the other night. my mom liked it but argued that language is alive and the word literally is merely evolving. that is something i had thought of before starting the list - my response to my mom as that it's not as if people who misuse the word don't have another word to choose from that already exists to express what they want to say, whether it's essentially, or practically, or figuratively, or...

monday's episode of how i met your mother had a bit about one character using the word literally in every other sentence - usually misused: "that literally blew my mind".

a book is a good idea, but might be too much. maybe a book of misused words with each chapter being a different word, and listing a bunch of amusing examples. the problem is that when literally is misused the reader/listener is supplied an amusing mental picture (see example at end of prior paragraph). there's no amusing mental picture when people write should of instead of the proper should have (or should've), or try and do [something] instead of the proper try to do [something] - two other annoyances. if you're going to try and fix it, then after you're done, it'll definitely be fixed. what you are likely attempting to say or write is that you'll try to fix it, in which case it might not be fixed after you're done.

see, not as fun as when literally is misused, wouldn't you say?