Harry Popper By Roderick on July 20, 2007 2 Did Olbermann just say that the idea of Harry Potter “literally popped into her [J. K. Rowling’s] head”? Sounds painful. Or maybe he was using the term “literally” non-literally. Lapsus Linguae, Science Fiction
The ad for one of those print-on-demand publishers asked “Do you have a book burning inside of you?” My immediate reaction was, God, no!
Apparently “literally” has been used as an intensifer since the late 17th century.