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15th-Nov-2005 07:36 am
sauron
"Secretary Rice was burning the midnight oil quite literally..." - MSNBC reporter.

The word literally does not mean emphatically. It means something actually happened. So unless Condi used an oil-fueled lantern to provide light in the middle of the night, she was not literally burning the midnight oil.

I mourn for the English language. If Oscar Wilde were alive today he'd roll over in his grave.
Comments 
15th-Nov-2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
your last sentence is intended ironic, a-la Alannis Morisette, right? :P
15th-Nov-2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
I can see someone has had his morning coffee!
15th-Nov-2005 04:28 pm (UTC)
if oscar wilde were alive, why would he be in his grave?

wouldn't be be rolling around now?
15th-Nov-2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's irony, dearest.
15th-Nov-2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
hmmm perhaps "burning the midnight oil" was a PUN on the oil crisis taking up all her time right now, not a comment on her staying up late? or have i been reading too much Lewis Carroll ;-p
16th-Nov-2005 02:14 am (UTC)
now that would be very clever!



So probably not.
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