The United States of Whatever
January 20, 2010 1:12 AM Subscribe
Christopher Hitchens analyses the use of "like" as a filler word (single link Vanity Fair).
posted by NekulturnY (320 comments total)
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Short version: "Clueless" started it, and the general Californication of the American spoken language. African American kids say "nome sane" instead of "like". Hitchens compares the use of "like" to intoning declarative sentences as questions, also called uptalk. Like, "I go to Columbia? The University?"
Surprisingly, Ian McEwan likes "like". And Anthony Trollope might have used it in 1846 (according to the comments). So, what's not to like?