Tuesday, April 8, 2008

An Open Letter to the English-Speaking World

From The Special Needs Group

Dear English Speakers,

For the love of god, please stop misusing the word ‘literally.’

I would like to share with you a quote from Pennsylvania
Governor Ed Rendell:

"The first two months of this campaign, January and February, it was absolutely reprehensible what the media did. Senator Obama literally walked on water."

We submit that it would, in fact, be absolutely reprehensible for the media not to report Sen. Obama literally walking on water. If Barack Obama stepped onto the surface of body of liquid water and did not sink, this is something that the public needs to be aware of.

If we may be so bold, we would like to suggest that perhaps the Governor meant to say Sen. Obama figuratively walked on water. It is possible, though seemingly unlikely, that the Gov. Rendell was using the word in an ironic way, in which case the fault lies with the reporting party for not using the appropriate accentuation.

Not to unfairly target Gov. Rendell, the misuse of the word ‘literately’ is a FIGURATIVE epidemic in today’s culture. It is said casually by public figures far too often. Therefore, we beg the English-speaking world to help us to retard this overuse of a once great word.

Thank You,

The Special Needs Group


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