Twice this past week, once on a TV interview and once while on the phone, I have heard something very similar to this: “If such and so had happened, I literally would have died!”
Both times, the events in question were not life threatening, and the sentiment was an exaggeration. It made me want to say, “Literally? Really? So, you mean your heart would have stopped pumping blood, the coroner would have taken your body away, embalmed it, and you would be buried in the ground right now? Because you know that is what ‘literally’ means in the way you just used it don’t you?”
Of course, I didn’t say that. Out loud.
I just rolled my eyes. Literally.