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idioms, infographic, language:

Words wander constantly into English, but there are some that internet users would love to see wander right back out again.

 

“SELFIE”

Currently the most hated word on the internet, it is associated it with the word “selfish” and with duck-lipped teens and twenty-somethings adding hourly photos of themselves to social media. “Me at the mall.” “Me at Fred Meyers.” “Me in Mom’s van.” In addition, adding -ie to anything makes it sound stupid.

“LITERALLY”

Overuse has pushed some handy and helpful words into areas where they do not belong. When used correctly, “literally” means “in the strictest sense” and it should not swap out with “virtually.”

No!

“I literally laughed myself to death.”

You are talking and breathing so I am going to call you on that.

Yes!

“It was pouring; the dog came inside literally soaked to her skin.”

This is physically possible and therefore correct.

 

“AWESOME SAUCE”

This phrase topped the lists last year but is not dying quickly enough. To annoy those who use it…

infographic, language:

As many fantasy fans already know, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and its HBO TV adaptation, Game of Thrones, has become a huge hit in the United States and Europe. As a story set in a world full of political strife and situations where the diffe…

infographic, language, prepositions, vocabulary:

Prepositions can be confusing; this infographic addresses five tricky pairs of them.

Into vs In To

“Into” shows motion toward the inside of a place and answers the question “where?”

 

“The horse walked into the barn.”

“We drove into the city.”

“In” is an adverb and “to”…

idioms, infographic, language, verbs:

“Phrasal verbs” are a combination of two or more words that have taken on new meaning. Because they are rarely understandable unless explained, phrasals are tricky for those learning English. This infographic lists a few two word verb sets using “bring.”

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