Do you like the word like? I do when it’s used well, but I hate hearing it used badly.
“Go to a building that’s, like, the Water Tower.” (You want me to go to the Water Tower itself, I guess, but it sounds like you could mean a White Castle restaurant, which was built to resemble — look like — Chicago’s Water Tower.)
“It’s like three or four streets south of here.” (Is it three and a half streets south? Or is the distance just a likeness, so it’s three or four streets north?)
“It’s all, like, foggy out.” (So it’s smoky instead?)
I think many people could avoid using “like” badly if they simply took the time to think of the correct word before they spoke.
“It’s like a circle.” (It’s round, or if it’s 3-D, it’s spherical.)
“It’s like a blizzard out there!” (At this time of year, that could be snow, but it could be rain. “It’s pouring” or “It’s the most snow I’ve seen at this time of year” would be better.)
I’d really like it if more people used “like” that way — er, like that.
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