Literally?

Salon is reporting that Merriam-Webster now defines “literally” to mean its exact opposite, as commonly misused in day-to-day usage.

Should the role of dictionaries be to document the language as it’s being used or to set the standard for usage?

Can a consensus of language speakers be wrong?

Is it possible to even set language standards? Do they matter?

Is the loss of standards is a reflection of society’s loss of precision of logic and thought? Does sloppiness rule?

Can we still have precise arguments if the same words can mean different things to different people?

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