Like, am I making you, like, crazy yet?
[take a deep breath]
THE. WORD. LIKE. IS. DRIVING. ME. NUTS.
[take another deep breath]
It is extremely overused. And gets annoying really fast.
[still another deep breath]
Many teenagers and young adults (and even some older people, if we’re going to be honest) use the word ‘like’ over and over and over and over again when they speak to you until it gets to a point of feeling as though someone is banging you over the head with a sledgehammer. Like, hard.
And it’s not as if the word ‘like’ is a bad word. It’s actually a very useful one. It’s a simile; an analogy that compares two things that are similar in one way. An example of this would be: “I slept like a log.” So, it’s a good word. A word we appreciate. And embrace.
BUT. NOT. WHEN. IT’S. USED. OVER. AND. OVER. AND. OVER. AGAIN.
“And then I was like...and he was like...and they were like...so she was like...and we were like...”
Like... Like... Like... Like... Like... Like... Like... Like... Like... Like... Like... Like...
One explanation for why this is happening is that people talk much faster, put less effort into choosing their words and do a brain dump with filler words, such as ‘like’, to fill in the gaps instead of just pausing for a moment before continuing to speak.
I think many of us are guilty of using the same filler words and phrases over and over again, which can be really annoying to others. And I’m sure I have my own maddening habits. So, I’m not claiming to be innocent in this post; I’m just writing about one pet peeve word that makes me want to bang my head against the wall. Over and over again.
What bothers you? What overused word makes you grind your teeth?
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