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  • adjective Extremely literal.


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hyper- +‎ literal


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  • Prequel would be pointless because we don't need a hyperliteral explanation of how the alien got there.

    Wait a Minute - The Thing Remake is Actually a Prequel?! « 2008

  • They feature either kooks or hyperliteral interpretations of everyday allusions to vigorous political debate. - News 2011

  • But the solos come out of and return to the wonderful choral sound of the 13-strong ensemble-the one thing, Alburger quipped, truly Greek about it all-though he quotes Greek chant along with everything from Bach to the Beach Boys in this "grid opera" drawn from The Magic Flute, which will stand up with Honegger's music for Cocteau's Antigone and Carl Orff's wild, percussive setting with soloists for Holderlin's hyperliteral translation.

    The Berkeley Daily Planet, The East Bay's Independent Newspaper 2008

  • What’s really puzzling is that at other times, this same JBG insists on arguing that he just can’t possibly respond to what people meant, but only to what they “actually said,” where by what they “actually said,” he means one particular hyperliteral interpretation of what theysaid.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » It’s Official: Kinder, Gentler Military Commissions: 2009

  • Grumpy/LTEC, you do understand that “nowhere” isn’t actually a place, and so a hyperliteral definition of the term would obviously mean that a bridge to nowhere couldn’t exist outside of an Escher painting, right?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Of Earmarks and Bridges: 2007

  • A surfeit of Broadway or Broadwayish dances (with a lot of my least favorite Broadway move, people chasing each other with long steps and big swinging arms) plus a bunch of pieces with a prop and a hyperliteral storyline (what, are they letting Tabitha and Napoleon choreograph contemporary now?) plus a slow hip-hop to Otis Redding (who I love, but hip hop?) with no footwork means that the show really didn't want my attention this week.

    A List Of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago 2010


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