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Literally, the most overused word of 1937

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Literally, the most overused word of 1937

Time: March 27, 2022 all day
Location: Everywhere in America in 1937
Website or Map: http://blog.rarenewspapers.co…
Event Type: historical, words
Organized By: William J. Funk
Latest Activity: Jul 18

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Funk listed the most overworked words for the first time, and "definitely" the most overworked in his mind was "literally"

"Overusing words and phrases is not merely a 21st century phenomenon. In 1937, Wilfred J. Funk, renowned author, poet, lexicographer, and publisher, took a pause from his responsibilities as the President of Funk and Wagnalls to formulate a list of the “most overworked words.”

While Howard Hughes, Amelia Earhart, Adolf Hitler and Seabiscuit were capturing the headlines, the publishers of the Springfield Union (MA) managed to find a bit of front page print-space to post his list in their March 27, 1937 issue.

http://blog.rarenewspapers.com/?p=10309

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