The xkcd from January 19th (thanks to Ann Burlingham)):

Um, technically, that sentence begins with well, not technically. But let that pass.

Technically serves to announce that some expression — like the word bug — is going to be used in a specialized technical sense, not in its ordinary-language sense, and that information is rarely useful in context; usually it just functions as one-upmanship.

One Response to “Technically”

  1. Richard Cobbe Says:

    You’ll appreciate the mouse-over text at the original site:

    “Technically that sentence started with ‘well’, so–” “Ooh, a rock with a fossil in it!”

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