Mmm, Leftovers

I recently encountered a very strange word (don’t ask how) that has me scratching my head. It is as awesome as it is mystifying. The word I’m talking about is, wait for it…

 

Tittynope.

 

Yes, you read that correctly. Tittynope. It is defined on the Merriam-Webster website as: a small amount of anything that is leftover. From what I’ve gathered, it’s mostly just applicable to food. So yeah, that leftover chicken from last night that’s sitting in your refrigerator? That’s tittynope. You got tittynope in your fridge. Don’t you just hate when your mom serves tittynope for dinner? As you can tell, it’s really fun to use in context.

 

“Excuse me, waiter, may I have a box for my tittynope?” Next time you’re at a restaurant, try that and watch your waiter or waitress’s facial expression. If they are dedicated enough to their job and too polite to ask what that is, they may just go looking around the restaurant for some kind of nipple container. Probably not though. They will most likely just call you a pig. But still, it’s worth a try.

 

My biggest question about this word is, where the hell did it originate from? Like, what was the situation that created this word?

 

I imagine some guy maybe eating a pizza or something, and after he finishes, there is a little piece of leftover pepperoni on his plate. His friend then walks up out of the blue and asks:

 

“Hey, is that a titty?”

 

And then the friend who ate the pizza goes:

 

“Nope.”

 

Then the other friend thinks to himself:

 

Hmm, titty? Nope.

 

Then boom, leftover food starts getting called tittynope, and somehow this word makes it all the way into the dictionary. Although, I’ve never met anyone who actually knew the meaning of it, or has even heard of it for that matter. So, I am going to try to change that. One use of the word at a time.

 

Anyways, all of this writing has made me hungry for a little snack, and I can see that my friend has some tittynope on his plate. So, till next time, and please feel free to tell me in the comment section how you think this word originated. I’d love to hear your ideas.

Literally Literal

Literally: adverb. In a literal manner or sense; exactly. Used to emphasize the truth and accuracy of a statement or description.

 

That is the definition of the word “literally” from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. That is what I’ve been led to believe is the true meaning of the word, and that is how I’ve used the word my entire life. However, there is also another definition now.

 

Literally: adverb. Used in an exaggerated way to emphasize a statement or description that is not literally true or possible.

 

Dude, seriously? They use the word correctly in the totally incorrect definition. How confusing is that. So if it’s “not literally true”, does that mean it’s not true, or that it’s actually kind of true? Doesn’t this defeat the whole purpose of the word “literally”? I don’t even know what I’m saying. My head hurts. This is literally like a literal Inception, literally.

 

Why can’t the people who make words just make up another word? It’s as if so many people were using it incorrectly that they just caved like lenient parents. “Ahhh fine, it can mean that too.”

 

Orrrrr, how about everyone just uses it correctly?

 

I can’t stand when people use the word “literally” in a nonliteral sense. It literally annoys me.

 

“Omg, I’m literally dying from that picture.”

 

Oh are you? Is the picture poisonous? Did it pull out a picture gun and shoot you? Is it one of those pesky hitman pictures? Wait, what? Those don’t exist? Hmm, guess that means you aren’t literally dying, are you?

 

“Those wings are spicy, my mouth is literally on fire. ”

 

What? Did the spicy wings pour gasoline into your mouth and then toss a match into it? Are you in the circus? Are you a dragon? Oh man, I better go get the fire extinguisher! Oh, what’s that you say? It isn’t actually on fire? You just said “literally” to add effect? Sounds a lot like being over-dramatic.

 

My personal favorite:

 

“I literally can’t even.”

 

You literally can’t even what? Use the word “literally” correctly? Finish a whole sentence? This “sentence” makes me literally confused.

 

So, in summary, the word “literally” either means the absolute truth, or the complete opposite of the absolute truth. You can literally just choose which definition you want. Maybe I’m the only one, but this just seems crazy to me. When I try to think about it, I literally can’t even.