'Tis that time of year again when the students return to university in my fair city, the roads to and from the city centre become mysteriously clogged with traffic and buses are overloaded.
Spent forty minutes on a bus hearing the girl in the seat behind me, like, talking about how some of her, like friends had caught, like Swine Flu, and like, how they said it was like, just like normal flu, and how she like, asked them how they, like, knew they had, like Swine flu and not just kind of like, normal flu, blah, blah, like, blah
I know pagwatch, I always swore I would never turn into my mother, and would always be, hip, cool and trendy and 'down with the kids'. But I am lame, and my very usage of the words 'hip' and 'trendy (not to mention 'down with the kids') merely confirms it.
I knew I'd turned into my mother when I looked at a fashionably dressed twentysomething and thought she needed to wrap up warmer in this weather. See, these young'uns don't even need to open their mouths to make me feel old .
Not as bad as the Aussie type of inflection so that every sentence sounds like a sentence. And trousers round bums with pants showing. One day, I will grab someone and hoik their trousers up so high they'll be singing soprano forevermore......
I find myself tuning out when my 14 yr old launches into an explanation about anything. he thinks I'm like, well mean, and I, like, never listen to a word she sez. I'm like talk to the hand luv cos the ear aint listenin.
We play a game with our kids called the yes/no game where they have to answer a series of questions without using the words yes or no. They're well-practised by now and there's no catching them out. However, recently we changed the rules to them having to explain something in detail without using 'like' and 'you know.' Hopeless. I thought we had two articulate kids, but they were bloody awful at it.
Heard a linguist talking about this on R4 once, apparently its a unique part of speech, not quite a hesitation or tic,nor a comparison but sort of for organising yr thoughts. wish i could remember. it sounded, like,convincing at the time
I always thought that the use of the word "like" as a hedging word was the ultimate evidence of an ingrained lack of personal responsibility and low self esteem resulting in the inability to commit to the idea that your opinion is actually ^your opinion^ and not just something like your opinion.
Well I'm still not sure I've understood it correctly, but Emo is short for 'emotional'. They wear grungy clothes and listen to a particular type of music, but they're not quite the same as Goths. Not quite as 'dark'.Something like that anyway [hmmm]