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Bayou Bill
03-02-2009, 04:51 PM
Actually, a previously unoffending adverb, is fast replacing "like" and "you know" to become the "filler" word of choice in the 21st century. Consider, for example, this sentence taken from, Those Were the Days" (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/This%20is,%20actually,%20a%20call%20to%20abolish,% 20): "The new six-figure price: $110,700, actually, was up from $94,600."

Sad to say, but this use and abuse is not limited to the printed word. Ask a cashier for directions to the Necessary Room and you're likely to hear something along the lines of: "Well, actually, it's right over there behind that stack of motor oil. Actually, the signs on the doors actually read, POINTERS and SITTERS."

Since this constant repetition of "actually" is enough to actually drive any halfway observant person nuts, join the fight to abolish "actually" -- if not actually for the sake of the English language, then actually for your own sanity.

Bayou "Actually" Bill :cool:

scarletpeaches
03-02-2009, 04:56 PM
And 'basically'.

Bayou Bill
03-02-2009, 04:58 PM
And 'basically'.
Actually, that's basically a good point. :rolleyes:

Bayou Bill :cool:

alleycat
03-02-2009, 04:58 PM
What about hopefully?

James81
03-02-2009, 04:59 PM
The hazlenut...actually not a nut, but a seed.

Haggis
03-02-2009, 04:59 PM
I've been guilty of abusing this word. But I've actually begun to make headway in getting rid of it.

"Just" is another of my favorites.

Bayou Bill
03-02-2009, 05:00 PM
What about hopefully?
Another offender, although I notice it less often.

Bayou Bill :cool:

poetinahat
03-02-2009, 05:03 PM
Actually, Bill, I'm with you on this one.

I also nominate "literally". Recent examples I've heard:
"The tension is so thick, you could literally cut it with a knife." -- sportscaster on sidelines before some particular Big Game. No, actually, you can't. Numbnuts.

"I Literally Lost Half My Brain! -- xxxxx Talks About Motherhood" -- newspaper headline. If only she had.

Bayou Bill
03-02-2009, 05:05 PM
I've been guilty of abusing this word. But I've actually begun to make headway in getting rid of it.

"Just" is another of my favorites.
Basically, if you literally just take it one day at a time, you may, hopefully, be actually cured.

Bayou Bill :cool:

eta: I've got to stop this, I'm becoming queasy.

alleycat
03-02-2009, 05:08 PM
I think my worse offender is using "pretty" as an adverb.

I am making pretty good headway on reducing the use of it though, and I'm pretty happy about that.

scarletpeaches
03-02-2009, 05:09 PM
This thread is virtually making me sick.

Angie
03-02-2009, 05:10 PM
Poet beat me to the "literally"-bashing. I literally hate it when people actually use it wrong!

Bayou Bill
03-02-2009, 05:14 PM
I think my worse offender is using "pretty" as an adverb.

I am making pretty good headway on reducing the use of it though, and I'm pretty happy about that.
That's a pretty common southern usage, of course, but it can become pretty addictive.

Bayou Bill :cool:

alleycat
03-02-2009, 05:16 PM
That's a pretty common southern usage, of course, but it can become pretty addictive.

Bayou Bill :cool:
Hopefully, I'll actually reduce the usage. Literally.




I'm starting to feel a little queasy myself.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-02-2009, 05:20 PM
Hopefully, you haters will chill, 'cause you just actually make me pretty virtually sick, basically.

alleycat
03-02-2009, 05:21 PM
Hopefully, you haters will chill, 'cause you just actually make me pretty virtually sick, basically.
Literally?

regdog
03-02-2009, 05:34 PM
Bascially, all I have to say, is no one, had better, think about touching the comma,or I will actually, get medieval on their butt:e2fight:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Wayne K
03-02-2009, 05:40 PM
Miy enemy right now is Though

StoryG27
03-02-2009, 05:50 PM
Though some people literally overuse pretty much just about every word stated here, actually, they are basically virtually unaware they are doing it, hopefully.

Wayne K
03-02-2009, 05:54 PM
Though some people literally overuse pretty much just about every word stated here, actually, they are basically virtually unaware they are doing it, hopefully.
Can I post this in SYW?

stormie
03-02-2009, 06:00 PM
I literally hate place holders, basically because they're clearly not needed, actually. Technically, it's poor word usage.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-02-2009, 06:03 PM
Miy enemy right now is Though

Yeah, and 'my' doesn't like you very much, either.

Wayne K
03-02-2009, 06:09 PM
Yeah, and 'my' doesn't like you very much, either.
Actually I am an I freak. The person who is me needs to change that.

rekirts
03-02-2009, 06:28 PM
OMG I have to remember to tell my SO about this thread. We were actually trying to limit our use of the word actually in conversation because we actually noticed that we both actually used it excessively. I think we have actually made some progress, but there is actually still much work to be done.

I'm literally LMAO.

Williebee
03-02-2009, 06:38 PM
I'm still hung up on seems.
Guess, I'm old fashioned that way.

Jean Marie
03-02-2009, 06:46 PM
Actually, I think you're all pretty much nuts. Hopefully, there seems to be hope, literally, for some of you, if you actually believe in it, though...barf...and I haven't even had breakfast...

10" of snow outside, as promised by the forecasters. for once, they didn't lie. go figure.

Grrarrgh
03-02-2009, 06:49 PM
Actually, Bill, I'm with you on this one.

I also nominate "literally". Recent examples I've heard:
"The tension is so thick, you could literally cut it with a knife." -- sportscaster on sidelines before some particular Big Game. No, actually, you can't. Numbnuts.

"I Literally Lost Half My Brain! -- xxxxx Talks About Motherhood" -- newspaper headline. If only she had.

QFT. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. It's gotten so bad that Mr. Grr automatically ducks every time someone says this word around me. I can't ever stay quiet and just let it go by.

Wayne K
03-02-2009, 06:54 PM
QFT. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. It's gotten so bad that Mr. Grr automatically ducks every time someone says this word around me. I can't ever stay quiet and just let it go by.
I love when some one says something like "I literally died!"......

Grrarrgh
03-02-2009, 07:15 PM
I love when some one says something like "I literally died!"......

Or "My head literally blew off my shoulders when I heard that...."

Did it? Did your head literally fly off of your body? It seems to have reattached itself nicely - scientists should be studying you. That's an amazing feat. :rant:

Beach Bunny
03-02-2009, 10:17 PM
:ROFL:


Or "My head literally blew off my shoulders when I heard that...."

Did it? Did your head literally fly off of your body? It seems to have reattached itself nicely - scientists should be studying you. That's an amazing feat. :rant:

So, basically what you are saying is that you actually hate it when someone pretty much literally screws up and uses the word literally wrong.

Seaclusion
03-02-2009, 10:23 PM
I don't think I will ever be able to use any adverb again after this discussion.

Richard

Wayne K
03-02-2009, 10:25 PM
I used to like to interpret what people were saying literally. "Then we hopped into a cab." Did ya?
"I tore him a new one!" (I'd pay to see that)
"I need to jump in the shower" Careful..

regdog
03-02-2009, 10:25 PM
I don't think I will ever be able to use any adjective again after this discussion.

Richard

Actually that is literally the most honestly depressing thing I've heard today

CaroGirl
03-02-2009, 10:33 PM
My husband is a reformed child stutterer and now has cyclical verbal tics to compensate for the stuttering. It used to be actually. When my daughter was only 2 she used to begin sentences with "actually" because he used it so much.

Now it's "right." As in, "So, I was talking to Nick on the phone, right. And he said he's been looking for another job for 2 years, right. So yesterday he got laid off, right, and now he wants to come work with me."

scarletpeaches
03-02-2009, 10:50 PM
I don't think I will ever be able to use any adverb again after this discussion.

Richard

Then my work here is done. :D

Seaclusion
03-02-2009, 10:53 PM
Wouldn't it have ben nauseating if Rhett Butler had said, "Actually, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Richard

benbradley
03-02-2009, 10:58 PM
Awesome!

rekirts
03-02-2009, 11:16 PM
I am actually kind of worried that, having read this thread, I will use 'actually' more because it is now literally imbedded in my brain. Hopefully, I am wrong.

rhymegirl
03-02-2009, 11:33 PM
Actually, I like adverbs. Basically because I just do.

Wayne K
03-02-2009, 11:53 PM
I think adverbs make things go more swimmingly.

rhymegirl
03-03-2009, 12:00 AM
I think adverbs make things go more swimmingly.

Yes, obviously.

And think about this--why do we have adverbs if they serve no purpose? Are they similar to the human body's appendix? Don't need an appendix, but we've got one anyway. Or do we actually need adverbs? Such a dilemma.

Wayne K
03-03-2009, 12:12 AM
Yes, obviously.

And think about this--why do we have adverbs if they serve no purpose? Are they similar to the human body's appendix? Don't need an appendix, but we've got one anyway. Or do we actually need adverbs? Such a dilemma.
You do mean the literal appendix, right?

rhymegirl
03-03-2009, 12:24 AM
You do mean the literal appendix, right?

Absolutely, positively.

rekirts
03-03-2009, 12:26 AM
I am excessively fond of adverbs, too. I just noticed that I was using actually when it was actually redundant. I don't like being redundant or repeating myself unnecessarily--but that's another thread...

Wayne K
03-03-2009, 12:35 AM
I am excessively fond of adverbs, too. I just noticed that I was using actually when it was actually redundant. I don't like being redundant or repeating myself unnecessarily--but that's another thread...
I hate redundancy. I echo that sentiment.

scarletpeaches
03-03-2009, 12:48 AM
Tautological extra words are the sort of thing I could do without.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-03-2009, 02:28 AM
And there you go... ending a sentence with a preposition!

scarletpeaches
03-03-2009, 02:48 AM
Tautological extra words are the things without which I could...um...aw fudge it. Anyone for chocolate chip cookies?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-03-2009, 02:52 AM
Thanks! I'll take some. :)

scarletpeaches
03-03-2009, 02:57 AM
Nummy. Cookies = nature's solution to every problem. :D

TheRightEyedDeer
03-03-2009, 03:13 AM
seriously

Gaaahhhhh!

scarletpeaches
03-03-2009, 03:16 AM
Actually, it's spelled 'srsly'.

Wayne K
03-03-2009, 03:24 AM
Nummy. Cookies = nature's solution to every problem. :D
If cookies is the name of a single malt I'll QFT.

Beach Bunny
03-03-2009, 03:58 AM
Nummy. Cookies = nature's solution to every problem. :D
I thought sex was the solution to every problem. Heh, no wonder my life is so screwed up.

brad_b
03-03-2009, 04:45 AM
Actually, sex could very well be the cause of the problems in this world when taken to its point of origin, 'literally as well as figuratively'... another of those basically painful phrases, seriously.

Angie
03-03-2009, 05:39 AM
Seriously, you all have literally given me an actual migraine.

Bayou Bill
03-03-2009, 08:05 AM
Tautological extra words are the things without which I could...um...aw fudge it. Anyone for chocolate chip cookies?
Whatever.

Bayou Bill :cool: