Someone said to me, "We basically literally did." What were they trying to express to me?
Also, can basically and literally be used in the same sentence?
My points to my language partner:
- Literally is an exaggeration and basically is a simplification
- Exaggerations do not go with simplifications as a general rule of language
- Basically and literally cannot coexist at their core definitions
My language partners' point:
- Colloquially they are be used together
- It's slang use