The truth behind one of the most disliked phrases in English

Admit it, whether you regard yourself as a scholar of linguistics or a self proclaimed language snob – you’ve, at least once, crossed over to the dark side and used the word “like” in a sentence where it, like, doesn’t belong. Narrowly escaping the grammar police, you catch yourself, cringe and promise never again! This usage of “like” is known as a slang interjection. This form as well as the adverbial use of “like” dates back a lot further than you might think.

Many people believe Moon Unit Zappa and her 1982 single Valley Girl are responsible for popularizing this usage of “like” precisely at the moment Ms. Zappa sang, “It’s like, barf me out.” The sociolect that the song celebrates, Valspeak, originates in Southern California.  In reality, the slang use of the word “like” has been a part of popular culture dating as far back as 1928 and a cartoon in the “New Yorker” that depicts two women discussing a man’s workspace with a text that reads, “What’s he got – an awfice?” “No, he’s got like a loft.” The word pops up again in 1962’s A Clockwork Orange as the narrator proclaims, “I, like, didn’t say anything.”

The notorius usage of “like” appeared as linguistic filler as early as the 19th century with the following passage in Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novel Kidnapped: “’What’s like wrong with him?’ said she at last.”

“Like” is an extensible word that can be used as a noun, verb, adverb, adjective, preposition, particle, conjunction, and interjection. What uses of “like” do you think are acceptable and which should be discouraged? Let us know your thoughts.

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Fast and furious: Point-happy Arena Football perfect for high-tech times.(Sports)

The Washington Times (Washington, DC) July 3, 1996 | Loverro, Thom HARTFORD, Conn. – As the public address announcer screams over the sound system at the Hartford Civic Center, and the fans howl in the stands, someone dressed in a Coyote costume drives a small race car onto the field to deliver the game ball to the referee for the opening kickoff between the San Jose Sabercats and the Connecticut Coyotes.

This is not pro football as George Halas envisioned it.

What this is, though, is a version of pro football that might be perfectly suited for these high-tech, fast-action times – Arena Football.

The game – played indoors on a 50-yard field with eight men on a side playing offense and defense – no longer is a novelty act. The league is celebrating its 10th season of existence and appears to be riding a crest of popularity, with franchises in 15 cities, and two more to be added next year.

Some of those franchises are shaky, but others, like Albany and Phoenix, are selling out. Overall, the average attendance is 10,087 to watch a brand of football where 50 points a game is considered low. The Albany Firebirds have scored more than 80 points three times this season.

“Arena Football has outlasted the National Football League’s World League [in the United States], the USFL [the United States Football League] and the Canadian League in the United States,” said James Drucker, Arena Football League commissioner. “Our 10 seasons is greater than their combined eight seasons.

“This league has real staying power, and it’s relatively simple – the game is brilliantly exciting,” Drucker said.

“Brilliant” might be a bit dramatic, but there is a kernel of truth in it. Coming up with a successful new sports venture during these competitive times might be worthy of such praise. Not only has Arena Football competed with those other failed football leagues, but also with other professional sports ventures, such as indoor soccer, lacrosse and a host of other endeavors competing for a limited sports and entertainment dollar. go to site driving test game

The man who came up with the concept, former NFL executive Jim Foster, was inspired by attending a Major Indoor Soccer League game in February 1981.

“At that time I was promotions manager for the National Football League in New York,” said Foster, who founded the league and is now the owner of the Iowa Barnstormers, one of the most successful franchises in the league. “I went to Madison Square Garden with a colleague from the NFL to see my first indoor soccer game. Literally while I was watching it, I turned to my friend and said if you can play soccer indoors, why not football?

“I proceeded to draw on a 9 by 12 Manila envelope out of my briefcase, which I still have, and drew the outline of a hockey rink on it, which was in essence what they play indoor soccer on, and started to make some notes about how you would play football indoors,” Foster said. “Most of what is in the game of Arena Football is on that envelope.” He figured that with a smaller field necessary for the indoor game, fewer players would be needed. Foster grew up in Iowa, where, because of small student populations, schools play seven- and eight-man football, so he figured he could use that for the Arena game. He came up with the rebound nets, the large nets that hang in the back of each end zone, which allow balls to be played off them and caught. That idea was inspired by the old “pitch-back” net he used in his backyard as a kid playing baseball.

Foster developed more rules, and by 1982 had come up with a strong enough presentation that NBC signed a contract for a test game. But that fell through when the USFL began. Foster wound up working in the USFL as the general manager of the Arizona Wranglers, and then went to the Chicago Blitz. By 1985, the Blitz folded, and Foster was doing marketing for the Chicago Sting indoor soccer team, when he decided the time was right to run his test game.

“I took what life savings I had and hired players in a minor league around Chicago,” Foster said. “We went to an arena in Rockford, Ill., northwest of Chicago. They had an indoor soccer turf they loaned to me. We put tape on it to make it look like a gridiron, and we literally tested whether or not it would work. I spent about $5,000 to have prototype goalposts with the nets built. For two days we practiced and scrimmaged, videotaping it.” They tested it in December 1985, and on April 12, 1986, they played the first game of Arena Football at the Rockford Metrocenter, inviting the public to come take a look at it. About 1,500 showed up, and word began to spread. The experiment received national coverage, and Foster raised more money to have another test game in February 1987 at the Rosemont Horizon, which drew about 8,500 people. web site driving test game

ESPN saw enough, and offered a contract for league games, even though there was no league at that point. Foster quickly formed a four-team league for a “preview” season, with teams in Chicago, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington. “We played a six-week season with a championship game called the Arena Bowl in 1987,” Foster said. “We averaged about 12,600 in attendance and did very well in the ratings. We were like the hula hoops of sports that year, the hot item. I did Nightline; Sports Illustrated did a big story about it.” From there, the league has had its ups and downs. Internal bickering about the structure nearly caused it to fold several times, and television contracts have been erratic. But Foster kept it going in one form or another, and his persistence paid off. The league is at its strongest now, with another ESPN contract and plans to expand. The Washington area, which had teams in 1987, ’89 and ’90 at the Capital Centre, the Patriot Center and the Baltimore Arena, is not in those plans.

Foster has since stepped aside as commissioner to run his own team, the Iowa Barnstormers. “The league certainly has grown in stability and credibility,” he said. “People now recognize out there that this is a legitimate brand of football.” How legitimate is it? Drucker, a former Continental Basketball Association commissioner and legal correspondent for ESPN, insists it does not compete with the NFL, nor does it serve as a minor league. “We’re looking for a different type of player,” Drucker said. “We’re looking for players with greater versatility and greater stamina, whereas the NFL is looking for great specialists. We offer first-rate, two-way football.” Players do move back and forth between leagues, though. The Washington Redskins recently signed Jim Kitts, a fullback and linebacker from Albany. And Brian Allred, a defensive back and receiver with the Sabercats, who played high school football in Columbia, Md., has played with the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Giants. “I prefer 11-man football,” he said. “But this is sure a fast-paced game. Every play is potentially a touchdown, because the field is so small.” The league has attracted some recognizable faces. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White is the coach and general manager of the Arizona Rattlers, owned by Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo.

On this Saturday night in Hartford, a familiar face to Redskins fans was playing offensive and defensive tackle for the Sabercats – Al Noga, who, apparently disappointed by his team’s 39-29 loss to the Coyotes, did not want to talk about his new league.

And Atlantic Coast Conference fans might recognize the San Jose quarterback, former Duke star Ben Bennett.

But it’s not a league of stars, obviously. It’s the game that draws fans. They are close to the action, and often players will interact with fans in the stands. And it is non-stop action, the sort of football that most fans played in sandlots, parking lots or wherever pickup games are held.

“It’s a great game for the fans, and you really can’t appreciate that until you see one in person,” said Connecticut coach Larry Kuharich, the son of former Redskins coach Joe Kuharich.

Basically, to make the game appealing to the fans, anything goes. On this night, the hometown Coyotes get an NBA-style introduction, with lasers, smoke and heavy metal music, with a tape of Michael Buffer’s “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” all part of the introductions. It’s a page right out of World Championship Wrestling.

Fans are howling, waving “Howl” signs handed out at the door, keeping with the theme of the Coyotes, as their team scores the first 14 points of the game and goes on to win before the crowd of 8,246.

“We played the game tonight with passion,” Kuharich said after his team’s victory.

Speaking of passion, after the “Stephen Chevrolet Howler Girls” completed their on-field routine before the start of the second quarter, one of them was proposed to on the field. The fans stood and cheered as her girlfriends surrounded her to congratulate her after she accepted. The players stood by as the referee tried to get everyone off the field so the second quarter could resume.

In the current atmosphere of the disenfranchised sports fans, that is how you survive for 10 years.

Loverro, Thom

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  1. Futurist -  December 24, 2014 - 12:43 am

    I remember Frank Zappa’s daughters song very well – Valley Girl. Where many words and phrases became established .. such as ‘gag me with a spoon.’ But there’s one that has spread LIKE a disease to this day, and in other English speaking countries. Oops … I just said it. Like. At least I used it properly .. and not as a filler where it does not belong. This has spread to Australia where I now live. Teenage girls .. and women in their 20s who come to a Sushi Train restaurant I frequent.. and drive me crazy with saying the word “like” at least once or twice for every sentence they speak. These people never stop to realize how irritating it is. And it does not make them sound very intelligent. They don’t get it. What is worse .. is when men say it. How about a guy in their mid 20s. Yes, I have one extended family member .. and I’m currently in his company. And I have to walk away … and can’t say anything. He’s driving me crazy. I’d love to know how to bring this up. And I thought I’d see if there’s anything on what I call – A Nervous Speech Tick. It’s as though they can’t help it. And when I spoke to the mom about it .. she was more insulted by me bringing it up .. then acknowledging a problem .. where it’s hard to be around this person and have an intelligent conversation. So, it’s nice to see it’s not just me. But others realize how immature, and so incredibly annoying it is … being in the company of someone who uses this word 20 times or more .. in 5 sentences. And no one brings it up. We are a society where we are suppose to be respectable, and not hurt or insult anyone. So no one develops a thick skin … and the family cries wolf … and I just have to walk away to keep my head from exploding.

  2. Buff -  December 5, 2014 - 4:05 am

    I make certain (probably unfounded) assumptions about the lower intellect of those incorrectly using “like” yet I am completely desensitised to the over-proliferation of swear words in speech. It’s possible that despite us knowing it’s not appropriate over time “like” will suffer the same desensitisation prior to becoming generally accepted as correct language use.

  3. Carol -  April 26, 2014 - 1:42 pm

    I recently left a lecture because the middle-aged speaker filled every sentence with 2-3 “likes.” I know that to be accurate since I became so distracted by the “likes” that instead of listening to whatever it was he wanted to say, I began counting the number of “likes” per sentence.

    On my way out the door — the lecturer looked at me curiously (my exit could not be missed), and I truly wanted to say: “Like I have to leave cause like I can’t bear hearing one more “like” from you.”

    But I didn’t, cause, like I was raised when society was — like — civil.

    • M -  August 7, 2014 - 1:57 am

      I’m “like”, totally “like’, agree…

  4. suitcase -  February 9, 2013 - 12:10 pm

    The bastardization of this horrid little word is more tragic than most here seem to realise. I am barely able to accept its overuse when someone speaks aloud (truth be told I want to slap them but I keep that a secret) but to see it actually typed in a forum scenario (imdb please stand up!) is beyond a joke. Not one for generalization, it appears to be the more vacuous and narcissistic members of society who are so deeply enamoured with its use. Half the comments here are by people who clearly think it’s a humorous and natural evolvement in etymology. I strongly disagree.

  5. Zuul Woodson -  February 21, 2012 - 3:09 pm

    Like OMG right? Like gosh. Like totally like whatever, like yeah. I talk like this everyday like totally yeah. LOL! LIKE TOTALLY LOL!! ttyl!

  6. Brittany -  December 15, 2011 - 8:50 am

    Like literaily it’s alot worse in text then it is when you talk, because some people (including me) talk really fast and it just pops in there and you don’t even notice until people tell you. But when you type it’s not as fast so you don’t use it that often as some of the above mocking comments. It’s just a bad habbit!

    • Dyllan -  January 15, 2015 - 1:58 pm

      “than” The word is “than” not “then.” If you speak so fast that you constantly missuse the word “like” THEN your mouth is faster THAN your brain. You make a great example of why feeble minded folk incorrectly use the word like.

  7. Ray Owens -  November 22, 2011 - 2:32 am

    When I see how flippant some of the comments above are with reference to the use of ‘like’ so much these days I despair for those of us who really care about speech and proper use of language. English is a beautiful language and it pains me to see how it’s been managled particularly over the last twenty years or so.

    Another great misuse of language is the reply we so often get when we ask ‘How are you,’ instead of ‘fine, thank you,’ which is concise and polite, we very often get the awful ‘I’m good.’ – another dreadful Americanism.

  8. Sean -  October 29, 2011 - 9:42 am

    I call these people who overuse the word like all the time…”The Likers”

    In my job, I spend a lot of time listening to people speak from all different walks of life and different parts of the country. I think Ginny is the one who really nailed it. Most people these days who are younger than 40, male and female, have been subconsciously programmed to talk in Valley Speak by their peers, television or their kids.

    These Likers really have no clue. They are not even cognizant anymore of how many times they overuse the word like in their sentences. These days, if you ever talk to one of these robotic Valley Speakers, and you mention anything about how many times they say the word like, or “so”…they will usually get irritated or go hostile on you.

    Back in the 90′s, The Likers were a small group and still had some shame about overusing the word because on a faint level they still had some awareness about it. The Likers these days are just flat out indignant about it and wear their Like Addiction as a badge and put it right in your face.

    The ritualization of the word like is now cemented in modern culture and has become some kind of “linguistic rite of passage” into the 21st century. That’s why there are so many middle-aged people now who are converting over to becoming Likers. Subconsciously they don’t want to feel left out or excluded from everyone else in the Liker race.

  9. Joe -  October 15, 2011 - 4:47 am

    The English language is, arguably, the greatest gift that the English nation has given to the world – purely due to the language’s adaptbility and lexical diversity. After all, as someone who hearalds from this ‘sceptered isle’, I would be the first to say that we haven’t offered much else! It is a language that, for all of the destructive forces of former imperialism, and the ensuing mess that such endeavours left, has been welcomed with open arms across the world. However, that is my problem with the increasing, pervasive and corrosive use of ‘like’…

    Many words that are adopted into the English language add to its diversity and range of expressiveness. The language’s ability to adapt has enabled it to evolve and grow. Unfortunately though, this increasing use of ‘like’, coupled with accompanying gestures does nothing to enhance a language.

    Using this simple word in place of the multitude of verbs that the English language offers isn’t evolution – it’s regression. It’s nothing more than a grammatical cancer, supressing the use of the specific and soliciting social interaction to the lowest common denominator.

    I fear that its near ubiquitous use now undermines the marvelous multifariousness that has endeared this language to millions across the world.

    Did William Tindale really burn at the stake in 1536, in the cause of the then developing English language so that we could all once again see our speech subjected to a form of social reductionism – returning to not much more than the utterances and non-verbal gestures common to cave men? I think not…

    Verily, perhaps this vichyssoise of verbiage has perhaps veered a little too verbose, but allow me me to add simply that for those who value our language, please, please join me and fight against this fashionable, virulent, vernacular virmin!

    • Jt kong -  April 19, 2014 - 2:37 am

      Double plus like!

  10. Like, Totally -  September 22, 2011 - 8:02 pm

    I think its fine to use “like” in a sentence besides its usual usage as long as you don’t act and overuse it like all those imfamous middle/high schoolers that talk/type like “YOUR LEIK TLLY ANNOYING AND STUFF, WHY DONT U LEIK JUST SHUT UPPPPP!” in their annoying sassy high pitched voices and their horrible grammar and improper usage of things like “You’re”. Surprisingly I haven’t really met a real one even though I’m only just starting the 8th grade, but c’mon. we all know they exist.

  11. don123 -  June 24, 2011 - 9:53 pm

    really i dont think like should be used if unnessasary

  12. simars -  June 24, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    all you people who have used the word like to introduce examples in the debate above should know that “such as” is considered more appropriate.
    like is also used for comparisons in which the proper syntax should be followed. eg: like josepph, I…
    Like Joseph’s car, I…. would be considered wrong.
    Like can also be used as a preposition when it is used to mean – “in a manner similar to.” In such contexts like cannot be used to introduce clauses and the word “as” is considered more appropriate.

  13. Vaciane -  June 24, 2011 - 10:09 am

    It’s tru. There’s really no need to say like all the time. I’m 13, and I hate it when my friends do it. I tell them that they sound really dumb, because there’s no need to say like al the time!

  14. Zippi -  May 25, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Liza, I do exactly the same thing! Do people even listen what it is that they are saying? Personally, I think that, if a word is not necessary, you shouldn’t use it.

  15. Ben -  May 21, 2011 - 5:01 pm

    Well, there are two fundamental uses for ‘like’.

    1. Attraction — I like her.

    2. Similarity — A is like B.

    It is sense two that has been wildly overused in modern speech. My thought is that we use ‘like’ to avoid 100% commitment to what we say. Since ‘nothing is certain’ and ‘everything is relative’, yet we simultaneously have an urge to express our opinions about a variety of topics, ‘like’ creeps into our language as a way to express a ‘coating’ of approximation.

    That’s why teenage talk is so rife with ‘like’. They can say any old bullshit whilst justifying it with ‘like’.

    E.g. “I didn’t ACTUALLY say that X is Y; I said that X is LIKE Y’.

    The important thing is not the degree of similarity, but the fact that the statement is not indisputable fact.

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  18. Nicole -  May 20, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    Somebody, like, spelled notorious wrong.

  19. Hannibal -  May 20, 2011 - 12:30 pm

    I go to high school and have to listen to all the stupid girls in my class say “like” about 30 times per sentence. I don’t care if you think I’m mean. Only stupid people need to use “like” as a spacer in their sentences because they can’t think of what they’re going to say before they say it. It’s just aggravating. Spit it out!

  20. Gi -  May 20, 2011 - 7:48 am

    I agree with Samael. It’s completely inappropriate to say “like” as a spacefiller. Whenever I hear people use “like” incorrectly I glare at them and punch their arms (my dad did the same thing to me when I was younger). My friends have learned to think before speaking from this, something everyone should do. There are times when people say “like” so many times that I can’t even understand what they’re saying so I make them stop and start over (and even then it’s not enough).

    It also gets on my nerves when people who are professionals (like the English teachers at my school) say it. You would think that they know better than to do that. The spacefiller “like” is inappropriate in conversation; if you don’t know what to say then don’t say anything.

  21. Oh Boy -  May 20, 2011 - 1:24 am

    It is 6:39 pm and this is the first time today i have used the word like in a sentance.

  22. Matthew B. Winkel -  May 20, 2011 - 12:53 am

    I (ironically) hated the shield-stealing like-likes in the Legend of Zelda series until they became the awesome, ginormous, easy-to-avoid 3-D ones in Ocarina of Time … *chuckle*

  23. Meekuu -  May 19, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    Well, I don’t even know what his Valley Girl thing is, but I say ‘like’ a lot, so I don’t think it has anything to do with that. Hate it when like is used way to many times in a sentence. Once had a classmate who was giving a speech and every other word they would say ‘like’ to stall time because they didn’t bother to memorize their speech.

  24. Fee -  May 19, 2011 - 12:14 pm

    I think people need to unbunch their knickers and accept that they have no control over common parlance, which is just as well because it fuels the evolution of language and if they were in charge we’d still be speaking ye olde Englishe, verily.
    Language evolves, pedants do not.

    • Jt kong -  April 19, 2014 - 2:51 am

      Like cool comment dude. Its like you reaaly like put these pendants in like there place.. But do’nt like get all hung up on like evolution cause its like cool if its like devo like you know what i like mean? But four sure i and my like freinds like agree with you. If you want send me your like contact and we can like keep in like touch,

  25. Carol Scott -  May 19, 2011 - 8:10 am

    When I was a small child, in the late 1950s and early ’60s, I recall a TV show my parents would watch, “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” (It’s now in syndication, and I’ve seen some of the reruns on a retro station, so I’m not simply going by memory here.) Bob Denver, who later achieved fame in “Gilligan’s Island”, played a supporting character in that show, Maynard G. Krebs, a beatnik, who seemed to insert the word ‘like’ between almost every other word of any sentence he spoke. I don’t know if this was typical of the beat generation as a whole, but I’d say Maynard had at least a couple of decades’ headstart on the Valley Girls in his abuse of the word….

  26. Lauren -  May 19, 2011 - 6:46 am

    What is ironic is that the thesis statement uses the phrase “a lot” which is also regarded as a frequent mistake because it makes no sense XD

  27. Liz -  May 18, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    In colloquially terms, I think the word “like” is perfectly acceptable when used as a filler or expressing uncertainty. For example, if someone asked, “At what time is he arriving?” one could respond, “He’s arriving at, like, 3:00.” You wouldn’t just say he’s arriving at 3:00 if you are uncertain of his actual arrival time. Of course there are far better words that can be used to express uncertainty, but “like” sounds natural and, as Hayley said, allows you to connect with others on a more personal level. Inserting four-syllable words into a conversation makes you sound pompous, but using the word “like” makes you seem more genuine. “Like” used incorrectly obviously does not belong in the professional world, and it should never be used in essays, papers, etc. However, in friendly conversation I think it certainly has a place.

  28. Dan the Mega Man -  May 18, 2011 - 7:04 pm

    It’s like (I’m using it properly, folks) the British overusing the word “right.”

    Blind man: “Right, how do I get to (insert location here)?”

    Another man: “Right, you take a left on that road over there.”

    Blind man: “Wait, take a right where?”

    Another man: “No, you take a left, right?”

    Blind man: “Right…”

    See how annoying it can be? Play the beer game while watching a British show!

  29. tincan -  May 18, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Perhaps McD’s should change their slogan from I’m lovin’ it to I’m likin’ it? XD

  30. samantha -  May 2, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    my teacher like gets so like mad when we like say like :P

  31. Sylva Portoian, MD -  April 5, 2011 - 1:10 am

    Every one likes something
    but it shouldn’t be forced
    On others to like…

    Every gene has different taste
    As every eyes
    As every lips
    As every ears

    Sometimes we like someone…something
    with our ears…
    Which applies on music…
    Telephone calls…

    And some they like an ugly face
    because they find something in thems
    Those others’… can’t see!

  32. fxjrulpzxi -  March 26, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    i accidentally say ‘like’ when i should say ‘for instance,’

  33. Jare dogg -  February 23, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    There is an equivalent in French, “en fait.”

    It’s translation would be ‘actually’ in English, but people use it too much, IMO.

  34. FooGriffy -  February 21, 2011 - 10:51 am

    As an author and a teenager, I am torn on this subject.
    It’s acceptable to an extent, but is not correct grammar and should not be used in professional speech (books, essays, office meetings, ect.).
    That is only my opinion.

  35. Hayley -  February 21, 2011 - 8:23 am

    “Like” is tricky. You sound vapid if you throw it in every other syllable, but if you stubbornly refuse to use it, ever, you can end up sounding stilted and pretentious to others.
    I use it; I think it helps us to connect with people. It’s not exactly friendly to proclaim that you think “like” is the first sign of the deterioration of society, and watch, aloof, as all of your friends stumble over their speech, trying to sound ‘good enough’ for you.

  36. Carl -  February 21, 2011 - 2:25 am

    Where is the “like” button?

  37. Mike McKelvy -  February 19, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    Y’all are,like, impaired somehow if you dion’t intuit my deeper meaning when i use “like” that way.

  38. grandma police -  February 19, 2011 - 7:50 am

    Uh, “like” is not a phrase.

  39. Glory -  February 19, 2011 - 4:40 am

    I think that LIKE should be used properly, as in the phrase “I like you.” Other phrases LIKE: “I like to go to the Bahamas for the warmth.” etc, as acceptible.
    I think also, that LIKE being used the way it is used today, and the usage of it that plainly goes over the deep-end, is really foolish. It only shows how uneducated, as well as ‘willing to look foolish’ people can be in order to be accepted.
    Personally, it seems to me that that type of ‘talk’, runs right along with the foolishness of people dressing in ‘fashion’, no matter how foolish, and other things that make them look like they have never had an original thought or action in their lives.

  40. Ashley -  February 19, 2011 - 3:49 am

    I’ve never really been on board with using ‘like’ in a sentence too often; apart from a preposition or a verb, and it really annoys me when people speak otherwise. They sound very uneducated.

  41. solarknow -  February 18, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    As much as we try to reduce the use of them, profane words are bound to exist in any language. Though it may be considered profane, the f-word is quite an interesting word linguistically speaking, appearing in the corpus as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, interjection, and even more that I could even fathom. There are even phonetic rules as to where in in a word in can be inserted e.g “That’s fan-f’ing-tastic” not “That’s fantas -f’ing-tic.” Though this blog is meant to be family friendly (though the comments are exceptions), It would be interesting to know how the word come into the language, and like the infamous “like”, why can it take the place of so many parts of speech.

  42. bert -  February 18, 2011 - 2:20 pm

    I used to play the bala-like-uh.

  43. Peter -  February 18, 2011 - 2:00 pm

    Personally, I think people who use like in such an incorrect manner should have their tongue cut out, or at least tied in a knot. {Only partly facetiously stated.}

  44. Isabella -  February 18, 2011 - 11:52 am

    Agreed – this is dialect English. It is said in deference to the listener and shows an endearing lack of confidence. At the grammar school it was so entirely disapproved of that it became taboo.

  45. Rachel -  February 18, 2011 - 10:57 am

    Just like ‘say to’ sounds weird and it should be ‘to say’, ‘like’ isn’t used in a syntactic order that doesn’t sound right. Tt is rule governed.

  46. Rachel -  February 18, 2011 - 10:55 am

    I think it’s silly for people say to ‘like should only be used as a verb or preposition’ and ‘a little bit of rules in a language is necessary’. Like is extremely rule governed in our language. If you were to analyse where is occurs syntactically it doesn’t just occur ‘anywhere’ and as any type of word-class. So it is not a filler and it is not useless, otherwise it wouldn’t be used. Current perceptions of the use of the word ‘like’ are really no different than perceived prestige of some language varieties. However, hopefully it will change.

  47. robert -  February 18, 2011 - 10:10 am

    in scotland we say ‘like’ at the end of sentences quite often, like. the southern english stereotype of the geordie uses this same phenomenon. im finding it hard to describe how it is used but i can give examples; for example if my pal said he couldnt come out on friday night any more i would say ‘how, what’s up, like?’ and if he responded saying that he had to stay in and do uni work i would say ‘still not done your essay, like?’

    if that helps, like…

    this is just a feature of a dialect of english. if other dialects don’t use it or consider it wrong then they can get it up the, along with their pretensions.

    • OsbertQuimby -  May 29, 2014 - 12:16 am

      Robert, I like the Scots use of like, and think it’s quite different from the dumbed-doon bimbo Valley-Speak Atrocity that plagues the AmericoCentric world. I would distinguish between honest dialect and the modern half-arsed “canna be bothered spikking properly” conformity. Sloppy language, sloppy thought. If your car starts firing on three cylinders, dinnae ca’ that evolving…it’s deteriorating.

      • Gunderson -  August 2, 2014 - 5:28 pm

        It might be less common, but here in South Yorkshire, we edffo use “Like” at the end of sentences and sentence fragments. And I know they do it in Greater Manchester and Merseyside as well. I think it’s just a Northern English thing generally as well as as Scottish.

  48. AVS -  February 18, 2011 - 9:48 am

    You people are so annoying. Use the correct usage of “like” or don’t use it at all!

  49. SoYeah -  February 18, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Well we all SAY ‘like’, but we actually write down ‘like’ in a sentence other than using it as a n opinion, so i dont see the problem really…I like, say like alot :D

  50. SoCal Valley Girl -  February 18, 2011 - 9:13 am

    Awww, come one guys! Don’t blame us SoCal folks for our “bad grammar.” We’re pretty intelligent people! We just like to spice up our conversations and make other boring strict grammar lords and ladies laugh. Like, is an awesome word. And slang, if you haven’t noticed, is a part of society. Face it, it’ll always be around!!

  51. imjustsaying -  February 18, 2011 - 9:04 am

    I hesitated reading the comments because I knew people were going to run “like” into the ground. And I was right. Thanks to the few that replied to the post without belaboring the point. Monica & Joey (ha are y’all “friends” :) I too like like on FB. Now I have used it more than 1ce. %-/

  52. Mister Muckle -  February 18, 2011 - 9:00 am

    Haven’t you forgotten someone? Weekly, on the 60s sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” Bob Denver treated us to his portrayal of the little beatnik Maynard G. Krebs. “Like, wow.” His character may have done more to put this usage of ‘Like’ in the lexicon of my generation–and possibly the subsequent “Nick at Nite” generation–than your other references combined.

  53. Donald -  February 18, 2011 - 8:56 am

    Old enough to not have been particularly influenced by a pop singer’s slang, I think “like” is today much over-used. Speakers especially use “like” carelessly as it seems to fill in for a lack of interest in more accurate, descriptive, and less boring speaking. The under 35 crowd use “like” as a code word of social awareness and groupie acceptance. As with any word in the language, its overuse dulls the listener’s attention and displays a cavalier attitude toward clarity and empathy to listeners or readers who quickly tire of droning repetitive slang.

    Have I ever used “like” in speaking? Yes today, and if I recall, once in 2005.

  54. ThatOneDude -  February 18, 2011 - 8:36 am

    yeah i use to read readers digest too.

  55. Denny Dormody -  February 18, 2011 - 8:12 am

    IMDB: Clockwork Orange: 1971

  56. Madhumitha -  February 18, 2011 - 7:48 am

    i use “like” like for ever and i don’t think any thing is wrong with like :)

  57. Ferret76 -  February 18, 2011 - 7:46 am

    Use it as you see fit. Language is ever-evolving.

    Also; popularised in 1982? Did no-one like, watch Scooby Doo before that? Shaggy like says it all the time!

  58. Carmen E. -  February 18, 2011 - 7:28 am

    I agree with “like” should be use only as verb and preposition. As an English language learner I feel it is more comprehensive in use. Since English has always been the easiest language to learn, If you make this word so extensive will make it confusing, and also without structure. Simplicty dosen’t mean disorder in a language, I mean a little bit of rules in a language is always necesary. But do what ever you want woth a word is “like” licentiousness

  59. bobbete -  February 18, 2011 - 7:26 am

    like this is totally likeable i mean like this is soooooooooooo weird

  60. GrammarNazi -  February 18, 2011 - 6:51 am

    My mother got so sick of hearing “like” used as a filler word that she instituted a 25-cent fine for using “like” as a filler. Doesn’t sound like much of a deterrent, but when one only gets paid $5 every other week (if one is lucky), twenty-five cents adds up pretty quickly. (The best part was that if we caught her using “like” as a filler, *we* got the twenty-five cents!)

  61. Esteban -  February 18, 2011 - 6:46 am

    Like should only be used as an expression, not as an interjection.

  62. Janet Reise -  February 18, 2011 - 6:43 am

    Using the word “like” multiple times in a series of sentences just gives the impression that the “liker” may be one of the following: uneducated, unpolished, immature, not a “word” person, one who does not read much, you get the point. That said, I am an outgoing, extemporaneous, friendly kind of person who desires to give an impression of an educated background. I am quite certain that when I am excited about a story I am relaying, I am guilty, but the use of like as a slang has now come to my attention, so I am going to determine myself not to say “like” unless I want to express that I like Hostess orange Twinkees. But that isn’t really true because I LOVE them. Now there’s another debatable word usage. We say we love everything from our lovers to our new nail polish, but at least we’re using the word properly. It is an understood acceptance in our culture to express love for whatever we wish, even if the depth of the word is vast with our usage. The object of the verb is the key – love has many meanings, too bad there are not more words for this feeling, as in other languages. Well, I digressed, isn’t that just like me?

  63. mirjo -  February 18, 2011 - 6:19 am

    @Rachel: I think that anyone who is around 30 y/o now was probably a baby at the time of Valley Girls and not affected; however, I’m not like totally sure what you were trying to say, so I might just be like, way off, like base here.

    I think you said those who were 30 & under were influenced by the Valley Girls and then said something else about 30 y/o, which I took to mean those who are that age now.

    Too many “like, you knows” or “ums & ahs” or “ok’s” or whatever interjection someone might come up with in any conversation/speech becomes annoying and difficult to listen to. It also makes the speaker sound, as someone pointed out, juvenile and in some cases, not very bright.

    I’m guilty of misuse myself and recall being told in Jr. High that “And he was like…” was incorrect that I should say, “And he said…” I have tried to be cognizant of that as much as possible–especially in professional situations.

    It is fascinating to learn the origins of this over usage DIDN’T start in the 80′s!

    Another very bad habit that people have slipped into is the sloppy truncated spelling used in txt msg! It’s seeped into everything! Please save it for text messages! IDW to decode everything I read because people are too lazy to spell words out. OMG, IDK what IDW means! (I don’t want)

  64. Moarrikh -  February 18, 2011 - 6:17 am

    I do believe there are numerous posts above with syntactic and spelling errors. Spelling is an important part of good wordsmith’s toolbox.

  65. Norma -  February 18, 2011 - 4:49 am

    I’m sorry, but like, I think like the movie, “Clueless”, like, left us all, like, stupid……….

  66. steve -  February 18, 2011 - 2:51 am

    Me think it’s for people that seek for an easier way out when they are entangled in the web of the appropriate use of a particular word.

    However, it’s not a bad idea, though frequent use of it can make irritatingly abusive.

  67. Joseph -  February 18, 2011 - 2:44 am

    What I learned on this post is that I are a self proclaimed linguistics snob myself. And that I are the grammar police for my students. I won’t use “like” as a linguistics filler. Whenever I quick-search the right word while speaking, I used to wipe my glasses in order to gain some more time.

    • Mitch -  February 10, 2015 - 11:11 am

      Did you mean to say when you are searching for the “correct” word?

  68. Lilianna -  February 18, 2011 - 2:00 am

    Borghese, FYI, A Clockwork Orange the movie came out in 1972, A Clockwork Orange the novella was written in 1962.. because you do know it was first written, then turned into a movie, right?

  69. littlepudding -  February 17, 2011 - 11:28 pm

    Scooby-Doo’s friend Shaggy says like a lot too, in the cartoons anyway, not sure about the movie though…

  70. Melody -  February 17, 2011 - 11:09 pm

    Like, I like, like this likeable article about like, like! Seriously, Hot Word, it isn’t always used like that. However, it is true that it is a very commonly used word. Like has various meanings, which explains why you’re always hearing it in different contexts. Sometimes it means “to have a passion for; adore; love”, whereas there are other times when it means “similar to (She is just like her identical twin)”. Then there is the more informal meaning, which is just a piece of “garnish” – “Like, she was saying, ‘I can’t believe what happened!’ “. Like is also used informally in contexts like “He was like, ‘Oh no! I forgot it! Oh no!’ “. It’s amazing how English speakers have this way of twisting the English language. 99% of you could make a resolution not to say like (especially informally), but would end up saying it again. That’s just life.


  71. Umar Abubakar alfuntawy -  February 17, 2011 - 10:07 pm

    I think most people misuses the word like, like wise i myself talking.

  72. Borghese -  February 17, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    I think you made like, a small mistake on your facts; “A Clockwork Orange” came out in 1972, not 1962.

  73. Lisa Simpson -  February 17, 2011 - 9:03 pm

    Like you know whatever…

  74. _________ -  February 17, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    I use “like” all the time, but it feels weird to write it out.

  75. Tom -  February 17, 2011 - 8:52 pm

    Once someone uses the word “like” around 3 times in a fairly short duration I simply ignore what they have to say and begin to count the amount of times “like” is used for my own personal amusement.

  76. Raaj Sharma -  February 17, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    1. It will be best to dispose first of what is, if it is a misuse at all, the most flagrant and easily recognizable misuse of like. A sentence from Darwin quoted in the OED contains it in a short and unmistakable form: Unfortunately few have observed like you have done. Every illiterate person uses this construction daily; it is the established way of putting the thing among all who have not been taught to avoid it; the substitution of as for like in their sentences would sound artificial. Besides the Darwin quoted above, the OED gives indisputable examples from Shakespeare, Southey, Newman, Morris and other writers of standing. It remains to give a few newspaper example so that there may be no mistake about what the vulgar or slovenly use in its simplest form is: – Or can these tickets be kept ( like the sugar cards were ) by the retailer? The retail price can never reach a prohibitive figure like petrol has done. Wasub’s words sank into Lingard’s heart like lead sinks into water. They studied the rules of a game like a lawyer would study an imperfectly-drawn-up will.

    2. The rest of this article is intended for those who decide against the conjunctional use that has been already discussed and are prepared to avoid also some misuses of a less easily recognizable kind. Of sentences in which like is not followed by a verb, certain forms are unexceptionable, but are liable to extensions that are not so. The unquestioned forms are He talks like an expert and you are treating me like a fool, in which like is equivalent to a prepositional adverb = similarly to; and you, like me, are disappointed, in which like is equivalent either to an adverb as before, or perhaps rather to a prepositional adjective.

    3) People get alarmed on each occasion on which ( like the present case ) dying children suddenly appear. He has completed a new work in which, like its author’s recent books, no failing in sparkle or vigor will be traceable.

    4) Like his Roman predecessor, his private life was profligate; like Antony, he was an insatiate gambler.

    Like. In formations intended as nonce-words, or not generally current, the hyphen is ordinarily used” . I would like. Even on those who use should and would idiomatically under all ordinary temptations the verb like seems to exercise a corrupting influence; a couple of examples follow pro forma, but anyone can find as many as he pleases with every little search: We would like to ask one or two questions on our own account. There is one paragraph in it that I would like to refer to. If the shall and will idiom is worth preserving at all, I would like is wrong, and I should like is right.

  77. Humpty Dumpty -  February 17, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    What is like so wrong about like, using like? I think it could be like, used, like basically anywhere except formal essays!

  78. lsuman777 -  February 17, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    OK I think this is what I was going to say b4. “Like” is OK with me as long as it’s not like how you did it pete. But that was like totally funny. FYI, I usually don’t use like as many time in writing or speaking as many times as i did. but i thought this would be a good exception. Bye and go Lord of the Rings!
    “Like all that is gold does not like glitter, like not all that like wander are like lost.”
    LOL Bye

  79. lsuman777 -  February 17, 2011 - 7:39 pm

    I like still haven’t remembered my original comment.

  80. Laura -  February 17, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    If you don’t mind sounding like a ditzy teenage girl, then go ahead and use it just as long as you’re aware of how it fits into your speech. Although, I must say that I can’t stand the fact that the word “like” has replaced any other word that indicates speech. It drives me crazy! On the other hand, forms of conversation like this have the ability to contain a time period within themselves which can be a good tool for style when writing. I guess it doesn’t really matter in the long run.

  81. lsuman777 -  February 17, 2011 - 7:35 pm

    I like still haven’t remembered what I was like originally going to like say.

  82. lsuman777 -  February 17, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    I like forgot what I was like going to say so I’ll like tell you when I like remember it. Like OK?

  83. Nikki -  February 17, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    People use “like” frequently to add style to their speech; to make it unique.
    People also use many other words to do this such as “all,” “whatever,” “just,” “so,” “okay,” “mhm,” and the everfamous “uhhh.” Remember Mr. Mackey, mmkay? Think about your friends. I bet they all have quirky little things in their speech, whether it’s the frequent use of a word or phrase, unnecessary pauses, varying pitch, or a distinguishing emphasis on certain letter sounds; everybody has something. “Like” is just like, another one of those things.

  84. l -  February 17, 2011 - 7:12 pm

    i think the kind of likes that are acceptable to use in ways are “like” when your explaining something.i think people who use like in a inproper used sentence “like” in a popular way are always going to use the word like addiction.using like in an good way is acceptable but not in a bad way.
    watch out for those likes if you “like” too

  85. emma -  February 17, 2011 - 6:35 pm

    I think its fine on LIKE, facebook, but when you LIKE, are writing a formal peice, don’t use it.

  86. scott -  February 17, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    Like, I like the like but i cant believe that like is like a slang word…..like when have we figured this out?

  87. AmateurCommenter-924 -  February 17, 2011 - 6:02 pm

    Like is a word used for similes. I only use it in dialogue when I write. Check me out! I’m 13! And I don’t use the word “like”! Suck on that, slang-itopians!

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  89. Sedef -  February 17, 2011 - 5:56 pm

    I, like, use ‘like’ every single, like, day. OMG I’m, like, doing it again! Kay, well, that was, like, a cool article. ARRRRGH!

  90. Kiwi -  February 17, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    Just think of it this way. Whenever you’re talking to someone who places the word “Like” two or three times within the same sentence, they’re obviously a little special. You should feel sorry for them, not degrade their inability to speak like a normal person.. You know, with a brain.

  91. Lydia -  February 17, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    Technically “Like” is a filler so if you talk too fast (as I do) then you will most likely every once in a while say “Like” by accident. It happens the same way that saying “Um” occurs; when intelligent words are yet to have formed in your mouth you sometimes say a filler as not to have a break in your sentence.

    *You Now, like, Have Gained, um, Knowledge From The, like, Amazing Lydia*

  92. l -  February 17, 2011 - 5:04 pm


  93. Bob -  February 17, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    My family HATES when I say “like” a bunch of times in a sentence. It drives em’, like, crazy.

  94. Dan -  February 17, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    Just last night I was cringing as my wife interjected “like” at least three times per sentence when talking with my parents. I was thinking it would be fun to record her, bring the sound file into Garageband, and remove all the sound except the likes. I decided against it when I realized it could be grounds for separation ;)

  95. rosanne -  February 17, 2011 - 4:37 pm

    While it may be irritating to some who consider themselves linguistic specialists/language snobs, when studying linguistics at university we were told to be descriptive, not prescriptive…to study how people use language, not to tell people how language should be used. Language, like everything else, will evolve along it’s own lines.

  96. bill -  February 17, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    i, like, really dont think it matters….

  97. mark V -  February 17, 2011 - 3:30 pm

    You stop saying “like: right meow!
    Meow, I’m gonna have to give you a ticket on this one. No buts meow. It’s the Grammar law.


  98. Ollie Owl -  February 17, 2011 - 3:23 pm

    I think it’s definitely okay to say “like” when you’re trying to describe something, for example: “It’s like a German Shepherd-Great Dane-Poodle mix” or “It’s one of those things she does just to like, get attention.” It may not be grammatically correct, but that’s the way I’ve been using it for a while… :)
    I don’t think it’s okay to just use it completely randomly, for example: “Like, thanks so much for like, letting me come to Door County with you!”

  99. SlyVoltaire -  February 17, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    @Ginny: A shock collar could work lol :)

  100. Emeline -  February 17, 2011 - 3:02 pm

    While I am personally aggravated by constant use of the word like, there are certain circumstances where I can understand its use. When people are only interjecting like because they aren’t sure enough of their speech to continue fluidly, I will admit I grow quite irritated, quite quickly.

    However, the one acceptable use of the word like– apart from the ‘by definition’ use– is in cases of reiterating a conversation to another person.

    For example, if I’m telling a story and I say how “He was like, ‘blah blah blah such-and-such,’” I don’t wish to be interrupted to have my listener ask me if he said that, or if he was like that. Frankly, I feel that if I use the phrase ‘he said’ as a preface, it implies that he did, verbatim, say that. In the context, I’m only relating something along the lines of, or the essence of, what he said. Personally, it seems that ‘he was like,’ makes it clear that I’m giving an overview, not a story with absolutely perfect recall.

  101. Anna -  February 17, 2011 - 2:28 pm

    Ha ha… this is funny because my friend and I like, just had a contest today where we could see like, how many times we could use “like” in a sentence. We were like “Like is like, so fun to like, say because like, it’s like, cool and like, stuff.”

  102. bob -  February 17, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    once when i was in the 5th grade this kid whos name i can’t recall couldn;t go one sentence without saying “like”

  103. Luke -  February 17, 2011 - 1:27 pm

    I have a friend who frequently speaks in simile. It’s like, really annoying.

  104. trilby -  February 17, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    It’s no big deal. I think interjections are fine. After all, “hello” is also an interjection, why doesn’t anyone object to it?

  105. John -  February 17, 2011 - 11:38 am

    This use of “like” is a sign of insecurity in one’s own communication ability. If you mentally replace it with “something to the effect of…” each time it’s used, you’ll get the intent. It’s used by people who lack confidence in their communication skills, or don’t want to appear in front of their peers that they have a greater vocabulary than the “gang”. That’s, like, the gist of it.

  106. JoAnne -  February 17, 2011 - 11:33 am

    Even though all of the cited uses of “like” have become commonplace, I still find myself cringing when I hear a supposedly educated adult say, “And I was like…..”
    To me, it’s the linguistic equivalent of wearing sneakers with a business suit.

  107. alohahaha -  February 17, 2011 - 11:16 am

    Like should not be used unless it’s usage is in a simile or it could be replaced with the word approxiamately. (unless it’s used as a noun) I rest my case!!!!!

  108. Carol -  February 17, 2011 - 11:04 am

    Hah! When I was a kid my mother cautioned against using ‘like’ instead of ‘as.’ There was much discussion over the cigarette ad which proclaimed “Winston tastes good, like a cigarette should.” Language changes. Ya can’t stop it.

  109. CKT -  February 17, 2011 - 10:58 am

    To me, improper and frequent use of the word “like” in daily speech signals a couple of things: First, it demonstrates difficulty with accurately expressing one’s thoughts in words – a common problem. Second, it demonstrates difficulty with LISTENING – to others as well as to oneself, which is also a common problem. My advice to anyone who uses the word to the point that it irritates and distracts those of us without that habit is to speak less and listen more. After all, we have two ears and one mouth. Our listening versus speaking ratio should ideally be the same.

  110. Noen N. Particular -  February 17, 2011 - 10:48 am

    The misuse of the word “like” is one of my worst pet peeves. “I think the guitar is so, like, overused” is an example of a sentence misusing the word “like”. “Like many people, I can play a musical instrument” is an example of the proper use of “like”. Another good use for “like” is “I like you”.

  111. Ruthy -  February 17, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Like is fine with me!

  112. Samael -  February 17, 2011 - 10:41 am

    To say something is “like” something else implies a comparison, even if the subject of the sentence is the latter object and there is no object being compared. My inner grammar police only blare the sirens when I hear it used as an empty comparison — “This was, like, totally unfair.” Oh, it was only LIKE it was unfair? It wasn’t actually unfair? Well, okay then.

    Of course, ANY word quickly loses its appeal if used repetitively, and “like” has a tendency to occur some sixty to eighty times in the average two minute conversation with some girls in this area — and believe it or not, it’s not southern California and these aren’t valley girls we’re talking about. “No, like, she was like, ‘That’s so totally like messed up,’ and I was like, ‘Gee, Tonya, like, that’s so, like, totally like right. Like really!’ ”


  113. MRCAB -  February 17, 2011 - 10:34 am

    I don’t, like, mind it as long as, like, the punctuation is all, like, correct and stuff.

  114. wordjunkie -  February 17, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Krista, I think you meant “as a slang interjection”, not “injection”. That would be an entirely different issue cause for concern!

  115. Helen -  February 17, 2011 - 10:17 am

    Actually, “like” sounds just as appropriate as “uh” when you’re searching for the next word in your sentence. Either can become annoying. (I must confess, I’ve scattered some “uh’s” through my conversations during my 75 years.)

  116. Luke -  February 17, 2011 - 10:16 am

    As long as you are happy with your understanding of what was said, the official correctness of what was said (in short, grammar) doesn’t really matter.

  117. deedee -  February 17, 2011 - 10:10 am

    likee, really

  118. Rachel -  February 17, 2011 - 9:40 am

    I love your website. I think you make a point here. “Like” is a very vague word to me. If you use it like this: I was like no way. I think its unnecessary and it’s just too wordy.

  119. krista -  February 17, 2011 - 9:32 am

    I love this. A couple of weeks ago I challenged my friends to go a day without using “like” as a slang injection. They had failed within the first two hours, but are now aware of how often they use “like.”

  120. Marissa -  February 17, 2011 - 9:23 am

    idc if people use the word like or not. if they choose to say like for every other word, than that’s them.

  121. Lydia -  February 17, 2011 - 9:14 am

    I use the word “like” EVERY SINGLE. DAY!!!!!!
    I really need to stop!

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  123. Brandi B -  February 17, 2011 - 9:05 am

    Any form of “like” should be acceptable. Not in formal writing or speech, of course. Crossing the line occurs when, just like the famous F-word, it is used more than once per sentence (unit of thought.) Then it’s just downright vulgar. (Can you imagine a day when “like” is just as bad as the F-word? I’m tickled just thinking about it!)

  124. mark V -  February 17, 2011 - 8:43 am

    Its a stalling tactic, it gives your head an extra second to string your thoughts together for proper expulsion while keeping your momentum so you dont trip over your tongue, similar to “Uh”s and “Umm”s.

    Its like, like idling your car. Effectivly its just hot air and some people get all offended over the exhaust, but on a cold morning it really really helps.

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    “…a cartoon in the “New Yorker” that depicts two *woman* discussing a man’s workspace…”

    It ought to have been “women.” Noted. Thanks.

  126. soph -  February 17, 2011 - 8:08 am

    sure it’s acceptable–but as teens, we over-use ‘like’ as a filler–i’ve found myself saying “like, yeah, but like, i’m mean it’s like,” and then i want to slap myself because i’m annoying myself.

  127. Omar -  February 17, 2011 - 8:02 am

    NO matter how this word appeal in there end for me this is still acceptable and can be use anywhere..

  128. Shempiagne -  February 17, 2011 - 7:55 am

    I like that like the word like is like really like , you know like cool word. I like use it like all the time like really. My friends use like like all the time to. Like is like is just a commonly like used word. Like tell me you don’t use like and like you’ll be like lying to me. Hee Hee. Lol : )

  129. joey -  February 17, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Yea i have to agree with monica lol, i like the like on face book.

  130. Serina -  February 17, 2011 - 7:46 am

    I am 16 and far from a ‘snob’ and I use it daily and at least five times a sentence. It’s so habitual, I don’t even, like, notice it! Everyone of my peers does to, from gangsters to rockers, etc.

  131. Logan -  February 17, 2011 - 7:36 am

    I’m so guilty of using like in the wrong way….. :| my mom always tells me to stop :)

  132. Madison -  February 17, 2011 - 7:33 am

    like i like always like use like!! :)

  133. meghan -  February 17, 2011 - 6:51 am

    yea, like, seriously, it’s fine to like say the word ‘like’ whenever you feel it fits the sentence…

  134. Joy -  February 17, 2011 - 6:42 am

    I ,like, totally agree with Tim! ;)

  135. Trina -  February 17, 2011 - 6:41 am

    I like loved this like article. Like who knew there was a history behind like? I mean like are you for real. I like thought it was oly us like teenagers who said like. Wow! Like wow suprise suprise!! Like how freakin unbelievable

  136. Rachel -  February 17, 2011 - 6:30 am

    If you look at research studies on the use of ‘like’ there is some evidence to suggest that the Valley Girl movie had an impact on its popularity today. (For instance, people who were 30 years old and younger were significantly more likely to use ‘like’ and these 30 year olds were teenagers at the time of ‘Valley Girl’). In addition, a Linguist would most likely not contend that a particular usage of a word was ‘wrong’ or ‘used where it doesn’t belong’, especially if it was used systematically in the language. It’s simply different than how it was used in the past but language change is an inevitable feature of language. There likely should be less stigma in the use of ‘like’ given its popularity and perceived acceptance, however this is not the case. Good message, thank you for your post.

  137. Michelle -  February 17, 2011 - 5:55 am

    ‘like’ is used when your not completley sure, or when something is ‘sora’

  138. Ginny -  February 17, 2011 - 5:31 am

    I find myself using “like” or “was like” in the place of “say” or “said.” For example, “I was like, ‘Don’t ever do that again.’” It sounds very middle school-ish, and since I’ve been saying it that way since around middle school, it’s so ingrained, that I know I say it all the time without realizing it. I cringe when I do manage to catch myself saying it, but it takes a conscious effort to say it correctly, and it only lasts for a few minutes before I’m right back to using “like.” It irritates me that I sound so juvenile, but short of having a shock collar that goes off when I do it, I’m not sure how to fix it permanently.

  139. Mark -  February 17, 2011 - 5:30 am

    when you stated, “The notorius usage of “like””, i do believe you made a typo. ‘Notorius’ should have read, ‘Notorious’. am i correct (if not, bold) in pointing that out?

  140. Liza with a Z -  February 17, 2011 - 5:20 am

    It is acceptable in some places, but when a person speech is littered with it “I’m like, ‘Whatever’ and then he’s like, ‘Fine’ and then she’s like, ‘Sure’ and then it’s like ‘What do we do?’” That gets irritating. If you throw in a lot of “you know,” then I ususally zone out on what the person’s saying and start counting all the “like” and “you know.”

  141. Jansi -  February 17, 2011 - 4:45 am

    Well I think it is bad in terms of grammer, it means you’re thinking while you’re speaking when you use -like-. Like, don’t you get it?

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  143. pete -  February 17, 2011 - 3:41 am

    “Like” should only like be used like as a preposition or like as a verb. Like like should not like be used like any other kind of like type of speech. Like like is so over like used like today, regardless of like how much it was like used like years ago or even like when it was like used. Like like should never be like used more than like once in a like sentence unless it is like used as one of the like afore like mentioned. Like my initial like entry on like Facebook was like way too long, so like I had to like split it like in two. I wanted to like put it like all up at like once, but like FB like told me that like my entry was like 467 characters and I like only could like use like 420 characters.

  144. Addy -  February 17, 2011 - 2:58 am

    Hehe! Like is like tottally awsome so like respect the like like. Like thanks!

  145. Tim -  February 17, 2011 - 2:07 am

    Like all are acceptable and like none should be discouraged.

  146. monica -  February 17, 2011 - 1:54 am

    The use of “like” on FaceBook is perfectly acceptable to me. Hee hee. :) Using it in any other ways (aside from proper grammar) is just plain irritating though!


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