Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Wonder when the word necessarily has begun to be widely used in negative sentences in something other than its direct lexical sense, but rather as a marker of something else — either of politeness or of speaker's ostensibly deep thought.

I've been hearing it a lot over the last several years in sentences where it doesn't make any lexical sense. Kinda like literally used figuratively. Seems to be a hedging marker that I don't think has been in wide circulation ten or twenty years ago. Have linguists remarked on it, I wonder?

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