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Table 1 

Corpus statistics for linguistic cues.

Cue
BNC frequency
Sample size
Metaphors
Precision
“metaphorically speaking” 0.71 
“literally” 1,936 50 13 0.26 
“figurative” 125 50 0.18 
“utterly” 1,251 50 16 0.32 
“completely” 8,339 50 13 0.26 
“so to speak” 353 49 35 0.71 
Cue
BNC frequency
Sample size
Metaphors
Precision
“metaphorically speaking” 0.71 
“literally” 1,936 50 13 0.26 
“figurative” 125 50 0.18 
“utterly” 1,251 50 16 0.32 
“completely” 8,339 50 13 0.26 
“so to speak” 353 49 35 0.71 
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