But my favorite use of literally happened the day before that, when an energy-efficiency expert on TVs Canada AM said of weather stripping, "It pays for itself, literally." I happily imagined a tube of caulk hopping off the shelf in a hardware store and sauntering toward checkout, a credit card at the ready. For reasons I can't explain, the caulk was whistling.
A month ago the Riverside ( Calif.) Press-Enterprise reported of a struggling 42-year-old professional golfer: "Steve Haskins has literally seen it all."
I think I know how he feels.