To Like or Not to Like… That is the Question

‘Cause I Said So

Welcome to my random thoughts page entitled “’Cause I Said So.”  These are general musings, rants, observations and otherwise unimportant details I notice about life.


To Like or Not to Like… That is the Question

Is it ironic that I dislike hearing the word “Like” over and over again?

I'm not referring to liking Facebook posts.  Nothing wrong with those.

I have lots of likes, including:

  • Black Coffee
  • Pizza for breakfast (ahem)
  • Cool Autumn days

But when certain individuals insert the word “Like” into every single sentence of their conversations, it tends to get VERY ANNOYING.

My cousin recently e-mailed me with the following:

 Blog idea:  How about writing about the word "like" and how it has become part of every single sentence - - multiple times!!!  Drives me nuts!

I agreed with her statement, but tucked the idea away for another day.  But literally several minutes later, as I headed down Clark Street on my lunch hour, I overheard the following:

 And I’m like, okay, maybe I can go there. But, like, my brother’s having a birthday party, like, that same day, so I’m, like, uncertain. But I told him, like, we can go for a little bit, like just to make a quick appearance.

I stopped counting after the 11th Like.   No lie.

And don’t even get me started about the rising inflection in her voice, wherein each statement sounded like a question rather than a declarative. (Another blog topic on this perhaps?)

LIKE IS HERE TO STAY

Is there a way we can shut down its predominance in conversations?  Do you readers find Like distracting and downright lazy when you hear it used over and over again?

webster

Undeniably, Like is a respected word in the English language.  My desk copy of Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary states:

 9 like --" used chiefly in informal speech as a meaningless expletive or intensifier or

to lessen the emphasis of a preceding or following word or phrase”

This can only mean one thing.

We’re screwed.

Thank you for reading - H. VAN HOWE, PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST


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