Smooth Sailing

What Weird Al's 'Word Crimes' Video Should Mean to You

By Doug Wagner

The day my teenage daughter informed me that the dictionary she uses at school lists “figuratively” as one of the definitions of literally was a dark day indeed. The illiterati had won.

“Next thing you know, black will mean ‘white,’ ” I said. “Up ‘down.’ ”

So it seems a little late for Weird Al Yankovic to start waving the flag about the words that we Americans so thoughtlessly turn on their heads. At this point, what’s the use?