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    The word "like".

    Where did the abuse of the word "like" come from? Here is an example for you. The other day I came home and saw my husband burning the dinner, and I'm like "What are you doing"? And he's like "Cooking the dinner".
    What is that all about?

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    Re: The word "like".

    It is a pause filler.
    It is a substitution for um-m-m, a-h-h, or OK.
    It can be very irritating!!

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    Re: The word "like".

    And it's also, like, studied by the fancy scholar dudes:

    Like - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    Re: The word "like".

    Ther'e no big deal about it. I myself use that word often esp. in informal conversations.


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    Re: The word "like".

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    It is a pause filler.
    It is a substitution for um-m-m, a-h-h, or OK.
    It can be very irritating!!
    Hello susie. It is very irritating, but my main concern is where it came from in the first place...any ideas?

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    Re: The word "like".

    Quote Originally Posted by oregonsaint View Post
    Hello susie. It is very irritating, but my main concern is where it came from in the first place...any ideas?
    Yes it is extremely irritating, as far as I know it originates from the USA.

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    Re: The word "like".

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes it is extremely irritating, as far as I know it originates from the USA.

    Canadian young people are just as bad. It seems to be a generational thing. My children are 40+, but my 30 ish. nieces and nephews use it constantly, and to my irritation.

    I believe it came through the hip-hop music scene. Thankfully my children didn't catch that either!

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    Re: The word "like".

    Yes, my 27 year old daughter who lives in Ireland uses it.

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    #9

    Re: The word "like".

    Like, for sure, it came from California - Valley Girl Talk.

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    Re: The word "like".

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Like, for sure, it came from California - Valley Girl Talk.
    Like, you're so right! Now you'll like have to explain, like, what Valley Girl Talk is!

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