As in, "I had the exact same thought." Or, "My house has the exact same floor plan."
Ev'.ry. bo.dy. do.es. it!
I've done it! Yes I have.
News reporters say it. It's written in books and articles.
I've noticed it.
Start listening. You'll hear it too.
Anytime we want to make sure that what we are talking about is absolutely known to be exactly the same, we say it.
Isn't that the exact same thing?
Is it just me, or have you noticed the EXACT SAME thing?