Logophile Tuesdays: Could you care less?
Language is a fluid and evolving thing with meaning and usage changing at the merciless whims of fashion, culture, and time. There are some words and phrases, though, that have mutated into hideous monstrosoties and should be culled from the collective consciousness.
“Literally” has been abused so violently in big fish stories that it almost unusable for its original purpose. Once valued as a way of denoting a specific and true fact, it now indicates oncoming hyperbole, or impending metaphor. It is a word that has come to be its own antonym.
And what about caring less? I cannot hope to describe it more eloquently than Sir David Mitchell.
What about you? Are there any butchered phrases that make you flip tables? Any blood-boiling malapropisms out there?
I can’t be the only one.