Literally Literally Not Literal

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An Oxford English Dictionary is shown at the headquarters of the Associated Press in New York on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. It's been in print for over a century, but in future the Oxford English Dictionary _ the authoritative guide to the English language _ may only be available online. Oxford University Press, the publisher, said Sunday that burgeoning demand for the dictionary's online version has far outpaced demand for the printed versions. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones) Photo: Caleb Jones/Corbis

As a Redditor has pointed out, the use of the word literally as a way to add emphasis to something that did not literally happen is now officially sanctioned by a number of dictionaries.