I thought I’d, like, write a post about a four letter word that can be, like, really irritating… It’s, like, one of my pet hates – almost as bad as, like, apostrophes in the wrong places. It makes it, like, hard to follow what someone is, like, saying when this word is, like, punctuating all their sentences.
Why can, like, children and young people (and a few older people) not construct, like, a complete sentence without, like, using the word ‘like’? It drives me, like, mad.
At work, I had got so fed up hearing it every time the children spoke, that I challenged them recently to speak on a given subject for 30 seconds without using the word ‘like’. They really struggled! Even the most articulate volunteer in the class (of 9 – 10 yr olds) couldn’t manage it – she barely got past the first half dozen words before she used it! She was trying to describe her bedroom and every time she started to speak she used it before she got to the end of the sentence. The poor girl was horrified at how often she was saying it.
It’s not a problem if it’s being used to mean ‘similar to’ or to explain that you find something agreeable, but when it’s, like, just there for, like, no reason at all… aaaaaaarrgghh!