The Figurative Death of Literal Meanings

If everyone’s the G.O.A.T., then who’s really the greatest?

How many best friends can someone have before this person just has a ton of friends, none better than the other? And, if you can have a ton of best friends, should you classify everyone else as a lesser friend?

If all your classes are weighted and you get Cs in them, should you get into a school that wouldn’t accept the straight A student who knows his lane is to take advanced English courses and general prep sciences?

We hype everything and everyone up so much these days that I cannot truly take any reference of greatest or best as gospel. Michael Jordan was named the G.O.A.T. and, at one point in time, that was arguable. But, now, every young kid who is in high school scoring a triple double is the self-proclaimed “G.O.A.T.” What does the “G” stand for these days? Goodest? I can’t have 3 best friends. I can have two, at most: a best male and a best female. Best implies that there is none better. And, sure, there could be someone equal but the time it would take to qualify such a tie doesn’t allow room for the 32 “BFFs” folks have these days.

I know I’m ranting but only because I’m tired of the constant butchering of the English language. Stop saying things that are supposed to be taken literally (like the word “literally”) in a figurative context. Expand your vocabulary and maybe you won’t be the person charged with killing a language that was once used exceptionally.

That is all.

Oh, one more thing. And Michael Jackson is the G.O.A.T. when speaking of entertaining since audio has begun being recorded. That’s not up for debate.


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