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(Slate)   It's like, using the word like all the time actually means you're like, really smart and stuff and, like, being thoughtful about, like, language   (slate.com) divider line 151
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2013-08-20 02:35:24 PM
I know it's really my problem and I am the one in the wrong, yet I still desire to strike over users of "like" with a wooden mallet while screaming "STOP SAYING LIKE ALL THE TIME".

I may have some language related rage issues.
 
2013-08-20 02:38:46 PM
Umm.
 
2013-08-20 02:47:24 PM
/Ironically clicked the "like" button at the bottom of the article.
 
2013-08-20 02:49:35 PM
icpbardmfa.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-08-20 03:01:33 PM
It also suggests that you're terrible at speaking extemporaneously.
 
2013-08-20 03:04:22 PM

Fo Shiz: Umm.


I know that's right.
 
2013-08-20 03:05:04 PM
Whenever watching a public speaker, I am always on the lookout for the stammer.  The "uhs" and "ahs".  That's the mark of a terrible speaker.  Just the same, it never ceases to amaze me how some people can just roll along and never make a single mistake.
 
2013-08-20 03:05:18 PM

Ennuipoet: I know it's really my problem and I am the one in the wrong, yet I still desire to strike over users of "like" with a wooden mallet while screaming "STOP SAYING LIKE ALL THE TIME".

I may have some language related rage issues.

 
2013-08-20 03:05:28 PM
It's like he knows.
 
2013-08-20 03:05:32 PM
Opinion about objective fact lacks verifiable data, but points to equally inept arguments for the opposite value for said objective fact.

//Editorial reporting at its best.
///An actual scientific test would be easy.
 
2013-08-20 03:05:53 PM

Ennuipoet: I know it's really my problem and I am the one in the wrong, yet I still desire to strike over users of "like" with a wooden mallet while screaming "STOP SAYING LIKE ALL THE TIME".

I may have some language related rage issues.


like, what Ennuipoet said.
 
2013-08-20 03:06:52 PM
Oops, looks like I accidentally double posted.  Thought I, like, stopped the first one in time.
 
2013-08-20 03:08:01 PM
nowhati'msayin'?
 
2013-08-20 03:08:08 PM
Whatever.  Verbal pauses and fillers have existed throughout human history in all languages.  People don't speak the same way they write.
 
2013-08-20 03:09:09 PM
And they all sound like that chick in Frank Zappa's 'valley girl.'
/gag me with a spoooooon!
 
2013-08-20 03:09:40 PM

HMS_Blinkin: Whatever.  Verbal pauses and fillers have existed throughout human history in all languages.  People don't speak the same way they write.


Maybe we should start using that African clickety speech instead?
 
2013-08-20 03:10:22 PM

DanZero:


Thread over
/such as
 
2013-08-20 03:10:56 PM
durbnpoisn


Whenever watching a public speaker, I am always on the lookout for the stammer.  The "uhs" and "ahs".  That's the mark of a terrible speaker.  Just the same, it never ceases to amaze me how some people can just roll along and never make a single mistake.


While at banquets, school functions and such I find myself keeping track of how many times the speaker, MC or whatever says, "At this time."
 
2013-08-20 03:10:59 PM

Ennuipoet: I know it's really my problem and I am the one in the wrong, yet I still desire to strike over users of "like" with a wooden mallet while screaming "STOP SAYING LIKE ALL THE TIME".

I may have some language related rage issues.


i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-20 03:10:59 PM

darth_badger: nowhati'msayin'?


There's a female PhD at work that says, "see what I'm sayin'?" at the end of every sentence. No, biatch. I don't "see" what you're saying because we're speaking to each other.
 
2013-08-20 03:11:55 PM

PanicAttack: female PhD


lol sure
 
2013-08-20 03:12:38 PM

Makh: It's like he knows.


Jennifer Grey's new(er) nose approves.
 
2013-08-20 03:14:05 PM
When someone uses "like" like that, it makes my head literally explode.
 
2013-08-20 03:14:50 PM
I, for one, endeavor to progress my discussions in a particularly loquacious manner and do not engage in monosyllabic colloquialisms such as "like" and "dude". Though should I perchance feel a bourgeoning desire I may allow my dissertations to regress to the inclusion of "yo".
 
2013-08-20 03:15:00 PM
My father, I'm reasonably sure as a condition on his girlfriend and her kids moving in with him, instituted a quarter tax on every unnecessary use of the words "like" or "actually".

Rendered by my step siblings...

Actually, like, my father, actually I'm reasonably sure, like, as a condition on his girlfriend and her, like, kids actually moving in with him, instituted a quarter, like, tax on every, like, unnecessary use of the, like, words "like" or "actually".

It made them think a second about how they're talking, and they mostly use words when they're talking, and stick to "uh..." "um..." for filler, and that not so much. Except now they're young teenagers and so they don't want to talk to family, but that's a different story.
 
2013-08-20 03:16:54 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: My father, I'm reasonably sure as a condition on his girlfriend and her kids moving in with him, instituted a quarter tax on every unnecessary use of the words "like" or "actually".

Rendered by my step siblings...

Actually, like, my father, actually I'm reasonably sure, like, as a condition on his girlfriend and her, like, kids actually moving in with him, instituted a quarter, like, tax on every, like, unnecessary use of the, like, words "like" or "actually".

It made them think a second about how they're talking, and they mostly use words when they're talking, and stick to "uh..." "um..." for filler, and that not so much. Except now they're young teenagers and so they don't want to talk to family, but that's a different story.


That's like, totes cray-cray yo.  For reals.
 
2013-08-20 03:17:00 PM

mike_d85: I, for one, endeavor to progress my discussions in a particularly loquacious manner and do not engage in monosyllabic colloquialisms such as "like" and "dude". Though should I perchance feel a bourgeoning desire I may allow my dissertations to regress to the inclusion of "yo".


Word.
 
2013-08-20 03:17:50 PM
I had an idiot Trotskyite--yes, i know that's redundant--in a history class who used "like' in every single sentence, usually when he was trying to tie everything imaginable to the Workers' Struggle For Arglebargle. Most annoying thing I ever heard.
 
2013-08-20 03:18:10 PM
When she who is now my wife and I were in college, we jointly decided that we wanted to purge the filler like from our speech. So we agreed that whenever one of use said it, the other would hit them as hard as they could on the shoulder. Within three days we stopped, and 27 years later it hasn't returned.

Of course, I still flinch when she walks up behind me.
 
2013-08-20 03:18:13 PM
I can tolerate the excessive use of 'like' slightly more than I can THAT GODDAMN RISING TONE? AT THE END OF EVERY STATEMENT?

ARE YOU ASKING ME OR TELLING ME?? GAAAAAAHHHHH!!!


I'm Ron Burgundy?
 
2013-08-20 03:18:19 PM

PanicAttack: darth_badger: nowhati'msayin'?

There's a female PhD at work that says, "see what I'm sayin'?" at the end of every sentence. No, biatch. I don't "see" what you're saying because we're speaking to each other.


So you're unable to visualize the concepts she's expressing? Why does realizing that make you hostile?
 
2013-08-20 03:19:58 PM
Some uses of "like" achieve an emotional accuracy that would not be possible if you insisted on speaking literally. "The bakery is, like, two seconds away from my apartment, so I can pick up the cake" captures not just that the bakery is close by, but also the subjective experience of convenience.

This is weapons grade stupidity right here.  Removing like from that sentence has absolutely nothing to do with if the statement should be taken literally or not, nor does it capture the 'subjective experience of convenience' - whatever the fark that means.

We used to do the fluency game when training extemp speeches, which involved your peers throwing shiat at you when you said like or um... More Americans would stand to gain from that.
 
2013-08-20 03:20:12 PM
Approves:

www.scoobyfan.net
 
2013-08-20 03:20:52 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: I can tolerate the excessive use of 'like' slightly more than I can THAT GODDAMN RISING TONE? AT THE END OF EVERY STATEMENT?

ARE YOU ASKING ME OR TELLING ME?? GAAAAAAHHHHH!!!


Telling you, but they think you're too stupid to understand, so they want to verify that every sentence is clear?
 
2013-08-20 03:20:57 PM
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude. Like, man, like, actually, like you know, like, for real, like, you know, like, I know, like people like that like actually like talk like this, and like, you know, like, really, like actually get laid.

And that's what pisses me off.
 
2013-08-20 03:21:39 PM

PanicAttack: There's a female PhD at work that says, "see what I'm sayin'?" at the end of every sentence. No, biatch. I don't "see" what you're saying because we're speaking to each other.



see1 [see] Show IPAverb,saw,seen,see·ing.verb (used with object)1.to perceive with the  eyes; look at.2.to view; visit or attend as a spectator:to see a play .3.to perceive by means of computer.4.to scan or view, especially by e lectronic means:The satellite cansee the entire southern half of the c ountry.5.to perceive (things) mentally; discern; understand:to see th epoint of an argument.
 
2013-08-20 03:24:07 PM
The Egyptians would get into rants about people saying "wading bird" all the time.


www.ancient-egypt.org
 
2013-08-20 03:24:29 PM

lilplatinum: PanicAttack: There's a female PhD at work that says, "see what I'm sayin'?" at the end of every sentence. No, biatch. I don't "see" what you're saying because we're speaking to each other.


see1 [see] Show IPAverb,saw,seen,see·ing.verb (used with object)1.to perceive with the  eyes; look at.2.to view; visit or attend as a spectator:to see a play .3.to perceive by means of computer.4.to scan or view, especially by e lectronic means:The satellite cansee the entire southern half of the c ountry.5.to perceive (things) mentally; discern; understand:to see th epoint of an argument.


so then it's just redundant?
 
2013-08-20 03:25:35 PM

I May Be Crazy But...: My father, I'm reasonably sure as a condition on his girlfriend and her kids moving in with him, instituted a quarter tax on every unnecessary use of the words "like" or "actually".


That one has really sneaked under the radar, and it's WORSE than "like"!

Englebert Slaptyback: I'm Ron Burgundy?


Go fark yourself, Englebert Slaptyback!
 
2013-08-20 03:25:48 PM

PanicAttack: darth_badger: nowhati'msayin'?

There's a female PhD at work that says, "see what I'm sayin'?" at the end of every sentence. No, biatch. I don't "see" what you're saying because we're speaking to each other.


I use 'Do you understand what I mean?' or similar statements a lot, but in my defense a blank look of indifference or confusion doesn't fill me with a lot of confidence that the person does know what I mean.  Ya know what I mean?
 
2013-08-20 03:27:01 PM
johnny_vegas:

so then it's just redundant?

Not just redundant, it's also unnecessary.
 
2013-08-20 03:27:18 PM

GoldSpider


Englebert Slaptyback: I'm Ron Burgundy?

Go fark yourself, Englebert Slaptyback!


You stay classy, GoldSpider!

:-D
 
2013-08-20 03:27:40 PM

GentlemanJ: I had an idiot Trotskyite--yes, i know that's redundant--in a history class who used "like' in every single sentence, usually when he was trying to tie everything imaginable to the Workers' Struggle For Arglebargle. Most annoying thing I ever heard.


well, then, this is for you AND him:

somethingthatilike.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-08-20 03:28:02 PM

DanZero: [icpbardmfa.files.wordpress.com image 480x381]


Came for Miss Whatserface, WE'RE DONE.
NO MORE NEEDED.
ALL ARGUMENTS ARE INVALID.
 
2013-08-20 03:28:29 PM

durbnpoisn: Whenever watching a public speaker, I am always on the lookout for the stammer.  The "uhs" and "ahs".  That's the mark of a terrible speaker.  Just the same, it never ceases to amaze me how some people can just roll along and never make a single mistake.


There are two different types of people who do this: really bad speakers, and really precise ones.

Listen to a lawyer answer a question sometime- they pause a lot, because they're searching for the most precise word to use.
 
2013-08-20 03:29:28 PM
FTA -- So, like, the grown-ups are defending "like" now. They didn't always: As recently as 2010, Christopher Hitchens declared the word a "prop,"  " a "crutch," and a "weed-style ... tic."

Yeah, um, but Hitchens, like, died.  So whatever.
 
2013-08-20 03:29:55 PM

GoldSpider: I May Be Crazy But...: My father, I'm reasonably sure as a condition on his girlfriend and her kids moving in with him, instituted a quarter tax on every unnecessary use of the words "like" or "actually".

That one has really sneaked under the radar, and it's WORSE than "like"!


I didn't notice it until my father mentioned it, but now I hate it. To me, it makes the person talking sound like as though they have no idea what they're talking about, but are still being condescending.
 
2013-08-20 03:29:58 PM

SirTanon: GentlemanJ: I had an idiot Trotskyite--yes, i know that's redundant--in a history class who used "like' in every single sentence, usually when he was trying to tie everything imaginable to the Workers' Struggle For Arglebargle. Most annoying thing I ever heard.

well, then, this is for you AND him:

[somethingthatilike.files.wordpress.com image 642x437]


Fist a boss? O.o
 
2013-08-20 03:30:05 PM

Gonz: durbnpoisn: Whenever watching a public speaker, I am always on the lookout for the stammer.  The "uhs" and "ahs".  That's the mark of a terrible speaker.  Just the same, it never ceases to amaze me how some people can just roll along and never make a single mistake.

There are two different types of people who do this: really bad speakers, and really precise ones.

Listen to a lawyer answer a question sometime- they pause a lot, because they're searching for the most precise word to use.


And usually such precision depends on the fact that some situations demand no accidental lies by omission.  Scientists tend to do the same.
 
2013-08-20 03:30:28 PM

johnny_vegas: lilplatinum: PanicAttack: There's a female PhD at work that says, "see what I'm sayin'?" at the end of every sentence. No, biatch. I don't "see" what you're saying because we're speaking to each other.


see1 [see] Show IPAverb,saw,seen,see·ing.verb (used with object)1.to perceive with the  eyes; look at.2.to view; visit or attend as a spectator:to see a play .3.to perceive by means of computer.4.to scan or view, especially by e lectronic means:The satellite cansee the entire southern half of the c ountry.5.to perceive (things) mentally; discern; understand:to see th epoint of an argument.

so then it's just redundant?


If you were concerned with verbal economy, then yes - you could just say "You see?", although the original complaint brought about the phrase, it was a complaint by someone who didn't understand that the word see had meanings beyond visual perception.

Whereas "like" is just a nonsense filler for people with fluency problems.   Like farking "also" in german.
 
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