No non-trivial action has literally zero effect on anything in the universe.
The Strauss-Kahn affair has had a huge international impact, literally changing the course of history.
The second upped the ante, taking aim at “cray,” “jelly,” “literally,” “teehee,” and “totes.”
Perhaps some expected me to begin my parliamentary career by bashing heads, literally.
"All the denials can be literally technically true without anything in the story being substantively false," he told me.
Drws Daufynydd signifies, literally, the door of the two hills.
And in the fulness of time it literally with us so came about.
When picked up he was found to be literally shot through and through.
I wish it understood, that this is literally my own story, logged by my old shipmate.
But it was not tenantless as it is now, for as far as the eye could reach it would be literally black with game.
1530s, "in a literal sense," from literal + -ly (2). Erroneously used in reference to metaphors, hyperbole, etc., even by writers like Dryden and Pope, to indicate "what follows must be taken in the strongest admissible sense" (1680s), which is opposite to the word's real meaning and a long step down the path to the modern misuse of it.
We have come to such a pass with this emphasizer that where the truth would require us to insert with a strong expression 'not literally, of course, but in a manner of speaking', we do not hesitate to insert the very word we ought to be at pains to repudiate; ... such false coin makes honest traffic in words impossible. [Fowler, 1924]