‘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?
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.
Thank you for reading – H. VAN HOWE, PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST
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