I swear*, this burrito last night was literally** like a hundred pounds. Seriously***, it would have taken fifty people to finish it, I shit you not****.
*I don't swear.
****I totally shit you. Figuratively.
I don't normally like to swear on my blog, but if any young kid made it past the phrase "intended to assert the veracity," he's earned it.
So does anyone know if there's a term for this? Can anyone think of other examples?
**UPDATE** CONTRONYM! A word which is its own antonym. Apparently "literally" may just be on its way to becoming a solid contronym. Like "cleave," which can mean both "cling to" or "split."
I love that I know this word now. Thanks, internet! Specifically, thanks Aaron Zenz, who pointed me toward a great Slate article. An article which points out that while I'm bugged by this use of "literally," I've been ignoring the same misuse of "really."