Vice President Joe Biden's curious way with words literally attracted attention again Monday.
OK, so that "literally" wasn't literally needed.
Then again, Mr. Biden literally likes to use the word "literally" a lot - usually unnecessarily and occasionally inaccurately.
He continued that embarrassing practice again Monday, telling an audience at George Washington University that he has met "literally every world leader."
No, he hasn't.
But the vice president did literally use the word literally 10 times in his speech at the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte, including twice in this sentence: "In the first days, literally the first days that we took office, General Motors and Chrysler were literally on the verge of liquidation."
And given his prolific penchant for uttering gaffes, Mr. Biden often seems to be on the verge of saying something strange.
For one of many examples, while advocating tougher gun-control laws last year, he told a crowd in New York: "Gabby Giffords, my good friend, was shot and mortally wounded."
No, not "mortally." Fortunately, the then-congresswoman from Arizona survived a serious 2011 head wound sustained in a shopping-center parking lot near Tucson.
Yet Mr. Biden isn't the only politician who at least occasionally puts his foot in his mouth.
For instance, Barack Obama, during his first presidential run in 2008, told a rally in Beaverton, Ore: "I've now been in 57 states - I think one left to go."
So who's counting? Or spelling? Last month at the White House, President Obama, borrowing from a memorable hit record, gave this flawed spelling in tribute to honoree Aretha Franklin: "R-S-P-E-C-T."
And President Obama's White House predecessor, George W. Bush, so frequently fouled up what he was trying to say that his verbal blunders became known as "Bushisms," including: "They misunderestimated me" (Nov. 6, 2000); "I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office" (June 26, 2008); "This [frozen credit markets] thaw took a while to thaw, it's going to take a while to unthaw" (Oct. 20, 2008).
But judging from Vice President Biden's record, it shouldn't take him long to say "literally" again - and to literally sound linguistically challenged.
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