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    what is like kind of like ?

    Hi all,

    I listen to this program

    what is the meaning of like kind of like ?

    ' Yeah. That's the biggest thing. I think the smell would really get to me, like kind of like you were with blood.'

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    see around the tenth sentence from the bottom

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    Re: what is like kind of like ?

    It's just because the speaker corrected himself (for what reason I can only guess). He said "like" and then thought that saying "kind of like" would be better.

    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: what is like kind of like ?

    I've just googled the exact phrase "like kind of like" on google and there are over 10 million hits so perhaps it's not someone correcting themselves. It could be someone momentarily thinking what to say next. They could say 'like'; 'kind of like' gives them even more time to follow on; and with 'like kind of like' they're drawing the sentence out even more - just like we do with fillers like 'you know', I mean'.

    PS: I'd probably punctuate this 'like, kind of like'

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    #4

    Re: what is like kind of like ?

    sounds like, kind of like, you both are right.

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    Re: what is like kind of like ?

    It depends on the fuller context, which I don't have time to read, but it sounds like an automatic self-correction (on it's way to becoming a regular feature - which would account for all those Google hits), made because in this lingo the word 'like' has become devalued and has to be reinforced by a synonym. Many words do this; my favourite example is the French aujourd'hui (= 'on the day of today'). French politicians sometimes even say 'au jour d'aujourd'ui'.

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