Amanda University: Literally


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Amanda University, lesson no.2 🤓 Ever wondered how the word “literally” came to mean the *literal* opposite of “literally” (as in the phrase, “I’m literally dying”)? Today’s class is all about the fascinating process of how words evolve to mean their opposite, to the great chagrin of many language curmudgeons. Spoiler: it happens in English alllll the time 🙃

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Amanda Montell is a writer, linguist, and author of the critically acclaimed book Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, published by HarperCollins in 2019 and available in paperback June 2. Wordslut has been praised by Time Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Kirkus Reviews, Publisher's Weekly, and the New York Times. Amanda lives in Los Angeles where she is currently developing Wordslut for television with FX, while working on her second book, which is about the language of cults. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys learning impractical languages, doting upon her spoiled pets, and volunteering as a crisis counselor for LGBTQ youth.

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