Tonight on my way home from karate class, I'm listening to the news on the radio, and a reporter is talking about some latest government scandal...something about government employees receiving money and gifts from oil companies. He states that the workers were in bed with the oil companies, literally. Isn't his use of the word "literally" incorrect? I'm thinking that if you take "in bed with" literally, it means that the workers were lying in a bed--you know, an actual mattress, bed sheets, comforter--with executives from oil businesses. Eww, and, that must be one big bed. Am I correct, though? It seems that a lot of people use that word incorrectly. What they really mean is figuratively or metaphorically, but not literally.