“Like”

May 4, 2009 at 8:20 am | Posted in L.R.R. Wood | Leave a comment
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“Like” is a filler word in much the same way as the.  However, where the is in written language, “like” appears only in verbal communication.  This word infiltrated our language in 1987 during  a two-part episode of Family Ties (Season 5, episodes 29-30), a sitcom formerly noted for its responsible use of the English Language.     Before 1987, people didn’t “like go to the mall,” they weren’t “like ok,” they didn’t “like ice cream.”   Like has almost completely supplanted several English words such as “um”, “uh”, “said”, and “enjoy.”   Interestingly, younger generations are unable to hear the word “like,” and therefore do not notice when they or their peers speak it.  – L.R.R. Wood

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