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User avatar #15 - zaywoot (02/02/2013) [-]
It is a figure of speech. Do you also go up to people who say they've got butterflies in their stomach because they're excited about something and start interrogating them?

"Wait, did you actually eat butterflies? or do they just grow from your stomach? I'm fairly certain they didnt grow from your stomach because I'm smarter than you are because I am too literal (oh... oh wow) to understand a metaphor so common that people associate it with error due to the existance of another word..."

It's about emphasis
I bet you can't read shakespear without cringing...
User avatar #29 to #15 - meganinja ONLINE (02/02/2013) [-]
But literally is used to mean that what you're saying is EXACTLY what happened.

"I have butterflies in my stomach" means that somebody is anxious, where "I literally have butterflies in my stomach" means that he has ******* butterflies flying around in his stomach and needs to see a doctor.
User avatar #125 to #29 - zaywoot (02/02/2013) [-]
I know what it means, just look at the other comment I wrote, too lazy to type it again
User avatar #49 to #29 - sepheroth (02/02/2013) [-]
WWell, they used to be caterpillars...
User avatar #28 to #15 - ctsasquatch ONLINE (02/02/2013) [-]
No. No it's not. Not even a little bit. Putting the word "literally" in makes it the *opposite* of a figure of speech. That's why we have the word literally, so that you know the person is not exaggerating.

Guy says he had butterflies in stomach: figure of speech; he's nervous.
Guy says he LITERALLY had butterflies in stomach: dude ate some bugs.


That's just how the English language works, friend.
User avatar #123 to #28 - zaywoot (02/02/2013) [-]
I understand what you're saying, but I still disagree, I think it has become part of the figure of speach rather than the explanation of it's legitimacy.
User avatar #124 to #123 - zaywoot (02/02/2013) [-]
It being the butterflies or w/e
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