Saw some rando social media post from some stranger recently which said:
We have to say goodbye to my parents dog and needless to say I’m literally balling my eyes out.
Not to be ColdHeartedSnark or nuthin but…
You are NOT “literally” doing half the things you claim to be.
Your eyes are still in their sockets — balls and all.
Even if you’re bawling, they’re still in their sockets.
If you’re balling, hopefully they also still are! 😯
You probably won’t be using such words of emphasis in your MBA essays, but if you’re prone to this particular verbal hiccup, then it’s quite possible you’ll inadvertently use it in presenting a story in your MBA interview.
And that would be bad.
Not BAD-bad, as in, “OMG you’re totally getting rejected now!!” bad.
Just more like EEK-bad, as in, “Wow, that admissions person sure is smirking a lot, I wonder what I said???”
If your interviewer is trying to stifle a laugh as she’s taking notes on the things that you’ve said, that can really throw you off of your game.
So, to clarify 100% what this post is about and remove all room for confusion:
What the mother effing F___ is that second definition?!!!
Okay whatever. You people win.
But just in case you end up interviewing with some Old School Adcom who thinks like the Snark, you might wanna drop the misappropriation of this innocent little word in the way that you have become accustomed to appropriating it.
For the love of G. Now people say things wrongly and they just change the DICTIONARY?!?
Who makes these rules?