Literally Literally Not Literal

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.