I’m taking a creative writing class this semester to complete my free elective hours for graduation. Of my 18 hours it is my favorite class by far. And by that, I mean it’s my favorite class I’ve taken in college despite it having nothing to do with my major whatsoever. That, however, is not the point.
In this class today, my professor began a very elaborate, emphatic rant about our generation being the most hyperbolic generation yet. (Which is somewhat ironic considering his word choice, but I let it slide.)
His point was that everything we do, see, hear, think is in extremes. This is the best book I’ve ever read. That was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. This is the best song ever written. That is the ugliest dress she could’ve worn. I’ve waited for an enternity. I’m starving.
You get the idea.
We are a generation of hyperbole.
Which, I have decided, is the reason for this incredibly infections disease that is tearing through our culture of misusing the words “literally” and “legitimately.” It. Is. So. Annoying. It’s even gone so far that the somewhat…let’s say, less informed people of the world are abbreviating the word to “legitly.” THAT IS NOT A WORD.
I’m legitly running on no sleep. I literally could kill my teacher right now. I’m legitimately going to die if I don’t have coffee. (Okay, sometimes that one is true.)
Again, you get the point.
I just want to look at people and say “Really? Are you LITERALLY going to kill someone? Are you trying to compare this situation to some figurative notion that needs to be qualified with the word ‘literally?’ NO. You’re not.”
The point is, I think we are so used to speaking in extremes and exaggerations that we now feel the need to qualify statements with words that might deter people from discrediting what we say. As if to ensure that people know that this sentence, whatever it is, is not just another hyperbole. But that I am legitimately tired. And that I am literally very thirsty.
Makes sense, eh? This is no grandiose point of insight, clearly. It’s just something I’ve hypothesized about something that drives me a little crazy.
Cause legitimately it’s literally the most annoying thing ever.
…See what I did there?