Like, I totally write like I talk. I mean, like, while I write, I totally hear my voice. It is so totally cool. Like, seriously cool. Interestingly enough, when I am writing, I am able to refrain from using the word ‘like’ inappropriately. Like, how weird is that?
Recently during dinner, our 6ry old was telling Rob and me about something that took place at school. Our 6yr old kid used the word ‘like’ more times than we could count. My husband and I looked at each other wide-eyed. I was like, “What the heck?”
I am on a mission, and I fear I represent the 1%. I fear the number of people able to carry on a conversation without misusing the word ‘like’ is 1% of the United States population.
To the other people of the US and the world – the 99% of you – please hear my plea… stop misusing the word ‘like’!
Frank Zappa is dead. The song “Valley Girl”, sung by Frank and his daughter, Moon Unit Zappa, was a hit in 1982. Like, that was so 20 or 30 centuries ago.
For those of you asking, “Who is Frank Zappa?” or “What is a Moon Unit Zappa?” then you have no business misusing the word ‘like’. Because, like, oh my gah’ahd, you were so not living, like, in the year of the Valley Girl. I mean, fer sure, like, you have no idea. Like, the year of the Valley Girl was so bitchin’. And, like, those who were, like, not living then – like, gag me with a spoon, I’m sure!
Ahem. My apologies. I seemed to have gotten a little carried away.
If you are uncertain of the definition of ‘like’, a link to Merriam Webster’s website is
like here: Like – The Definition.
I assure you, ‘like’ need not be used after every other word during a dialogue. Unless you are offering an example of some sort or stating how you are fond of or have a preference for something, someone or some food (ie Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food), ‘like’ may have no business in your dialogue.
Examples of the proper usage of the word ‘like’ include but are not limited to: I have a preference for things like ice cream, chocolate, coffee and Guinness. It is not like me to pass up an opportunity to eat ice cream. Would you like apples or oranges? Do you like the television show, Eureka? In my opinion, Stark looks like Dr. McSteamy from Greys Anatomy.
Good people of the world – the 99% of you – the above paragraph is a wonderful example of the many uses of the word ‘like’. I encourage you to try to use the word properly. Do not throw it out with every breath or pause in your dialogue. Instead, milk that pause for all it’s worth, as you may find yourself enlightened by an even better thought or story to share with the person to whom you are speaking.
One more thing …
People of the world, do your best to stop using the word ‘um’! ‘Um’ is not a word. Like the word ‘like’ (see what I did there?), ‘um’ is used to fill in a pause or break in one’s train of thought. One need not replace one filler with another filler … like, um - like.
Join me. Be part of the 1%, and let’s become like 100%.