18 years ago yesterday, on July 19, 1995, Clueless
was released in theaters. Directed by Amy Heckerling
and based on Jane Austen's novel Emma
, it became known for its fashion
and has an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes
. [more inside]
Christopher Hitchens analyses the use of "like" as a filler word (single link Vanity Fair).
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?" [more inside]