Biden Annoys Literally
The Kansas City Star
Let others check facts and debate the efficacy of Joe Biden as a speaker – or as a Vice President. This post is only concerned with word usage, and the Vice President’s horrible, repeated misuse of one word in particular. The Veep used the word “literally” at least a half-dozen times in his speech before Democratic National Committee. Not once did he use it correctly.
Biden, for instance, said that the American people “literally stood at the brink of a new depression,” which may have been figuratively true, but isn’t even physically possible because the “brink” in this case wasn’t an actual cliff. Biden later said that General Motors was “literally” on the verge of being liquefied, which would mean that all of GM’s factories, and presumably all its employees as well, were seconds away from being melted, possibly by some new, super-hot death ray.
The word in question, by the way, doesn’t appear a single time in the pre-released version of the Vice President’s remarks. Every misuse of the word was an improvisation by Biden, literally.