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AIBU to correct the way people speak?

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Sarahlou63 Thu 28-Feb-19 21:09:19

Not a grammar Nazi but I host lots of volunteers and I have grown to hate, hate, hate the word 'like'. (Most are 18-25, female and British/European/American).

"I was, like, going to, like, my friend's and she was, like, late so, like, I was really, like, cross with her." Arrrrgggghhhhh!!!

I've started, like, really calling them out, like, on using the L word or am I going to stunt their emotional growth, like?!?

PatrickMerricksGoshawk Thu 28-Feb-19 21:10:45

It depends how much you care about coming across as a patronising prick?

Properlyfuckedup Thu 28-Feb-19 21:11:10


Bugsymalonemumof2 Thu 28-Feb-19 21:12:36

Unless you are their mother or grandmother then yabu

Hemlock2013 Thu 28-Feb-19 21:12:37

Yes yabu.

ambereeree Thu 28-Feb-19 21:12:38

Haha i know what you mean it's annoying. But like thats how young people like speak. Innit.

LaurieMarlow Thu 28-Feb-19 21:13:36

Just what are you hoping to achieve by doing this?

Do you think they’ll stop because you tell them to?

Dreamzcancometrue Thu 28-Feb-19 21:15:48

Is this what you sit up all night, worrying about. Yabu

PikaPikaTink Thu 28-Feb-19 21:15:54

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Etino Thu 28-Feb-19 21:17:07

@PikaPikaTink 😂
Don’t do it OP. It’s rude.

SpeckledDot Thu 28-Feb-19 21:17:20

@PikaPikaTink grin

Corneliawildthing Thu 28-Feb-19 21:18:30

I hate the over use of "like" too but I wouldn't correct other people

MarieIVanArkleStinks Thu 28-Feb-19 21:19:23

I think people labour under the misconception that correcting other people's grammar, spelling and foibles of speech somehow makes them sound of superior intelligence. It doesn't. It makes them look what they are: patronizing, arrogant, ignorant and downright rude.

YABU. Very.

Sarahlou63 Thu 28-Feb-19 21:22:24

LOL! 3 volunteers are, like, pissing themselves laughing at the responses here, but I guess that's me told grin

Walkingdeadfangirl Thu 28-Feb-19 21:22:45

You sound like, awful. Like, what gives you the right to like decide what words are used in like, someones vocabulary?

PortiaCastis Thu 28-Feb-19 21:24:25

YABU you know what I mean like maid geddon with you

HeckyPeck Thu 28-Feb-19 21:26:16

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CloserIAm2Fine Thu 28-Feb-19 21:26:44

I’d rather be someone who uses an extremely common, innocuous but slightly irritating expression in casual conversation than be a rude grumpy person who thinks they’re better than other people because of the way they speak.

I hope they start calling you out on your rudeness to aid your emotional growth

fourquenelles Thu 28-Feb-19 21:28:23

PuzzlingPuzzle Thu 28-Feb-19 21:29:24

If you’re training these volunteers in, I don’t know, delivering business pitches or presenting to a group then I could see how a lesson in speaking professionally might be warranted. Otherwise bore off, it’s utterly classless to insinuate that the way someone speaks is inferior to how you speak. And be careful, some American might report you to HR for, like, mocking their accent if you’re not careful.

Sarahlou63 Thu 28-Feb-19 21:32:06

You sound like cunt op. I've started to call out cunts. Hopefully it will aid their emotional growth.

"A" cunt. Warm and wet. I like that.

Sarahlou63 Thu 28-Feb-19 21:34:57

I'm not training volunteers - they're here to help with the farm in exchange for food, accommodation and life experience. 130 over the last 8 years, most come back at least once. Ho hum.

SpotlessMind Thu 28-Feb-19 21:35:14

I’m from the North East and this use of ‘like’ has been around for years here - common enough when I was a child in the 70s. If you tried to correct the way I speak I wouldn’t be impressed, me, like.

redexpat Thu 28-Feb-19 21:37:35

Dammit someone beat me to Miriam Margoyles and WillIAm. Is that how you spell their names?

Slowknitter Thu 28-Feb-19 21:38:33

YABU. These speech trends/habits come and go. You probably use turns of phrase that irritate others too. They are just too polite to point them out.

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