Leandra Medine | April 22, 2014




Sorry, I was counting the number of places a new Google Chrome app replaced the word “literally” with “figuratively.” I stopped counting after 56 but I’ll have you know that we used it properly in 47 out of 56 instances.


So why would Google Chrome do a silly thing like replace one published word with another, unintended word to begin with, right? Simply because both Amelia and I downloaded a Chrome extension that would swap out every use of the former word floating around the interwebs to appear like the perhaps-further-befitting, anterior “figuratively.” (Fine, real talk, I tricked Amelia into thinking I downloaded the extension so that she would, but didn’t actually download itself, chiefly because: how does one go about removing it? Figuratively so confused!)

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The extension’s creator (which is currently used by 246 users), Mike Walker, has seemingly taken issue with the abundant misuse of the former word, a totem of 21st century argot, and has therefore instituted his own set of rectification measures which if we had to guess come in the wake of a break up.


[This Google Chrome Extension is ‘Figuratively’ Hilarious via StyleCaster]

  • lavieenliz

    this is literally the best post

  • This will literally never happen. Fuck figuratively.

  • Truth: it is actually perfectly correct to use the word “literally” in the sense to which you allude. See: merriam webster

  • kirbybee

    A man after my own heart. The misuse of the word literally, when one actually means figuratively, is perhaps the worst thing to emerge from our generation – at least in relation to the study of etymology anyway.

  • This might be one of the oddest Google Chrome extensions besides the “Kill News Feed” one that blocks you from Facebook when you need to work.

    Your Friend, Jess

  • Paula McClelland

    Bahaha – “I literally died” – are ya sure about that now? Apps like these are the real reason the internet was invented 😉

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  • Sophie

    Figuratively is a dying breed. Literally.

    Sophie x

  • Hmmm: “replaced the word “figuratively” with “figuratively.””

    Really? Or was it literally replacing literally with figuratively? 🙂

    • Emme

      I literally thought I was losing my mind until I read your post, Alcessa

      • Figuratively speaking, a mind can get lost, yes. 🙂 Well, mine does. But you just made me realize doing the thinking is always a literal process, which is a good thing. 🙂

        • Leandra Medine


          • Huh, so all is well now 🙂

  • Yay! I hate when people use this wrong…unless of course they are quoting Parks and Rec, in which case it is ALWAYS acceptable! 😉

  • Every time I hear the word “literally” I think of Chris Traeger…literally. 😉

    • pamb

      I always think of Rachel Zoe. “Joy. is. Literally. Shutting. It. Down.”

      • Ha…my favorite of her is the overuse of “I die.” Her reality show was a massive guilty pleasure of mine!

  • Sara Botero R.

    stop trying to make figuratively happen…it’s not going to happen!