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Today's video is on words Americans overuse. I haven't seen these words yet, but apparently it's gonna be a series of words that we, as Americans, I’m American, um… we over-use. We use too often. So let's start.
Uh, oh, the first word is “definitely.” “Definitely” is definitely a word that Americans overuse. We use it to, ah, put emphasis at the end of a phrase, to put emphasis at the end of a sentence, as in, “Oh, that party last week was so great. Yeah, definitely!” or to agree with somebody like that.
Oh, god! “Literally.” Uh... Just in the last few days I've seen the word “literally” so many times on the internet and used it in just such stupid ways. The word “literally” means “actually” or “truly something.” “This is literally the best hamburger I have ever eaten!” So, “literally,” meaning “truly” or “actually,” would mean that, in that person's entire life, that is the best hamburger they’ve ever eaten.
However, it gets misused a lot in sentences like, “George Bush was literally supporting the war in Iraq,” or something like that. Taking a phrase like that literally would have to mean that, you know, the president, the former president would be, you know, physically supporting a war with his body.
Onward. Onward. “Hilarious.” “Hilarious” is the next word. I like to use the word “hilarious“ when something is actually funny. Um.. “hilarious” of course means “something that is really funny, super funny” It's a step above funny.. maybe two step, three steps. I don't know. However, people like to use this word in place of laughter. So, for example, friends are talking… instead of just laughing, the friend will say, “That’s hilarious.” Well if it’s so hilarious, just laugh.
Oh, this must be the last one because this is the worst one. This word is “like.” Um, I've probably said it several times already today. For that for the purposes of this video, the word “like” is used as a filler word, so it’s the same as something such as “um” or “uh” or “hmm,” for example. We use “like,” um, as a filler word when we're trying to think about something. It's not uncommon to hear the word repeated like three, four, five times in a row when someone is thinking. They'll say, “Oh, you know that party that I went to like, like ah.. like uh... like uh... do you know who was there?” It just invades your speech sometimes when you're trying to think of something and no other filler words come out but the word “like“ does.
Ah, this wasn't the last word. There is another one. “Seriously.” “Seriously” is used.. oh, it’s good for anytime you receive bad news. Well, not from your boss. It's a really casual word. But if you hear something, um, like your friend lost their job, and you can sympathize with them or maybe empathize with them by saying “Seriously? Oh, that’s too bad.” or “Oh, tell me, like, all your problems.” Oh my god, I just used “like.” Oh.. God. Oh, I hate myself.
Is that the end? It’s the end.
Alright, I hope you enjoyed learning about a few, um, words that Americans overuse. I'm sure that there are more words that Americans overuse, but perhaps you'll find those out on your own. Thanks very much for watching and we'll see you again next time.
Bye, bye.


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Sunday at 06:30 PM
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Which word do you like the most?

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Alisha is great as always. Easy and funny lesson. Thank you.

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Hello Alisha, I can't download the wordsheet

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Hello Hroshi,

Thanks for taking the time to write to us and ask your question.

The word 'seriously' can be an adverb meaning 'in a serious manner.' It is also used informally to mean 'extremely' or 'very.' It is sometimes used in slang to mean 'no kidding!!'

The word 'really' can be an adverb meaning 'in actual fact' or 'very.' It can also be used as an exclamation to express surprise. This is where you might find a similar use to both words.

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I have a question.

Is there any difference between 'seriously' and 'really'?

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Az Ho
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thank you

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Hello Amodya,

Thanks for the great question!

Both 'different from' and 'different than' have the same meaning, "different than" is more common in American English and "different from" is more common in British and Australian English.

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Amodya Jayasundara
Sunday at 03:40 PM
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Very good lesson.Thank you . My question is what is the difference between 'different from and different than'?