Why has the word ‘like’ become inserted into sentences where no word is needed. On a recent holiday to Devon (yes I’m a bit predictable, we go there a lot) I queued with some lovely young girls, quite posh, who had a conversation about why one couldn’t get a job. It went something like this…
‘I like just can’t get a job, right. I like can’t like understand it like.’
‘That is like so unfair (like). Have you like applied for many?’
‘Oh I’ve like applied for so many like. I like get to the interview stage like, but there’s always like so many others going for the same job like, so I never get a chance. It’s like driving me mad.’
I’m not exaggerating, honestly – and it must have gone on for five solid minutes at the very minimum. I know it is the fashionable way to talk (and I’m getting on a bit) but the poor girl had no idea how dumb she sounded.
I wrangled with my conscience. I wanted to tell her. I felt sorry for her. I didn’t want to sound like a miserable old bag. I held my tongue. Probably a good thing. Though she does want a job…
It was a really slow queue and after five minutes of this I wanted to strangle both of them.
When ‘our two’ come home from Uni they have ‘like’ bad! It bothers me, but Hubby goes insane with irriation. And now we are all saying it. Even my husband caught himself the other day. This is serious.
We have introduced the ‘like pot’ in our house. Other homes have swear pots, we have a like pot. 50p per like.
I’ve put a bit in as an advance. This is a pandemic that has swept the English speaking world (is that just an epidemic? – I may be going overboard here), where ever you go, you can’t get away from it.
Just to clarify, I don’t like, like, ‘like’. (Like). But if you say this all the time I’ll still like talking to you.
(But I do like it when people like my posts).