Today I went shopping in an area that has two malls across the street from each other. Finally! Anyway, there’s a traffic light and crosswalk between the two, but you have to push the button for the walk signal to be activated. A large group had gathered to cross (because how better to honor our nation’s great presidents than by dashing between Foot Locker and Forever 21), but apparently no one had pressed the button because a full light cycle went through without us getting a walk sign. Two girls behind me were very upset by this. So upset, in fact, that one of the girls said “This is literally stupid.”
Of all the misuses of “literally,” this one definitely took it in a different direction. I don’t even know if I can call it a misuse, really. Literally.