Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Grantland Rice Is Not Actually Spinning

Did you ever hear David Cross' routine on people who misuse the word "literally"? I thought of it today when I read this quote from Tony Mazz:

"After the season, in Jason Giambi, Mike Mussina, Bobby Abreu, Carl Pavano and Andy Pettitte, the Yankees erased more than $70 million from their payroll. They are moving into a new stadium. They quite literally have cash to burn, even in these economic times."

And they won't be merely literally lighting their money on fire. They'll quite literally be doing it.

Since New York is close to the ocean, could we say the Yankees are quite littorally lighting their money on fire?

Actually, maybe "quite littorally" works better here.
Some guy on conservative talk radio: "The media is literally shoving this guy down our throats!"

I think he was talking about Obama.

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