I was at Local U., walking in front of a college student on my way back to my car the other day and listening to her talk to someone on the phone.
“So, David was like “where do you want to go?” and I was like, “I don’t know. I DON’T want to go to Lisa’s” and he was like “Why?” and I was like “I don’t know; she’s just been bothering me lately.” I mean, it’s not like I don’t like her or anything, it’s just, like, annoying lately, you know?”
I’m finding that I’m hearing people using the word “like” in a lot of inappropriate (and profoundly annoying) ways lately, and I’m trying to be mindful of my own speech to be certain that it’s not a habit I’m picking up unknowingly. I’ve noticed that Beanie’s started in with it, too, and I’m trying to gently call her attention to it.
Where do you think this new use of the word “like” comes from?