By sandi | May 4, 2012
Literally is one of those words that has lost it’s literal meaning. You will hear people say they “literally did _______” when in reality they mean to just exaggerate. This overuse is so grand that they made a character on the show Parks and Recreation, (which I don’t watch) surrounding this hilarity of the overuse.
I know it is petty but this sort of stuff steams me. I can’t help it, it is who I am.
My little Paul is actually a VERY literal person. If you say something you can’t be joking, sarcasm (which is my 1st language) doesn’t work with him and he uses it far more than I have noticed to process the world.
Paul always names him projects he makes at preschool Paul. I thought he just really liked his name. He has a tiny sock monkey that he sleeps with that he calls Baby Paul so it seemed to work.
One day on the ride home from preschool he was telling me all about the caterpillar he made that he name Paul. At first I thought I would just let it go but instead I asked why he named it that. He bluntly responded “Mom, the teacher writes PAUL on the bottom, that’s his name.”
Ummm ok, I think she writes his name on the bottom so that we can tell which project to take home, but in his literal mind she is naming the object. I couldn’t help but laugh at my silly man.