I consider myself a collector of “literally” gaffes. Seriously, I have a notebook where I write down famous or notable misuses of the word.
(Send them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Over the weekend, I hit pay dirt and it wasn’t during a sporting event—sports announcers notoriously misuse “literally”—but on CNN.
After Sarah Palin announced her resignation, the governor’s spokeswoman Meg Stapleton appeared on CNN for an interview with Anderson Cooper. The entire interview is worth watching to see a spokesperson who clearly wasn’t fully briefed—or briefed at all—by her boss before the big decision.
But the real gem—for me, at least—came 3:30 seconds into the interview when Stapleton said of Palin:
“She can do whatever she wants. The world is literally her oyster.”
I only wish she had continued with a pearl metaphor.
Still, just an exquisite misuse; thank you, Ms. Stapleton.