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The Curmudgeon Listener Says: Enough With "Like"

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The word "like" is a wicked weed that has killed the flowers of language in the speech and communication garden of life.

"Like" is an infestation killing off meaning in every spoken human contact, and no spray or bomb of intelligence is strong enough to wipe it out.

Sure, the dated 1983 movie, "Valley Girl", satire of the idiotic vocabulary and tone which introduced us to "like" and all that comes with "likeism", might have been a lark at the time.

A stupid lark, but good for a mindless chucklet.

It may be that the Valley Girl popularity from the 1980's introduced the ultimate speech tick for all those who get excited by living in distraction and not reality.

Using the word, "like", every 3 or 4 seconds has become not "like" an epidemic in everyday speech; it is a 5-star epidemic distraction from making any point at all.

Note: I'm trying to use as many numbers as I can to effectively and authoritatively illustrate my #1 point.

Those of us cursed with having audio-enhanced ears and a love for real communication, can't help but recognize the inescapable preponderance of chirping "like" droppings in conversations in a "duh" kind of way.

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"Like" is everywhere. And not as in, "I like you in an outside of Facebook way".

Neither am I referring to the infamous Facebook "like", although who cares about what comments, products, hashtags most people like?

Unless you are selling something, as in, yourself.

That's another subject.

I'm talking here about using the word, "like", every few seconds to water down anything real that might accidentally slip from the tongue and dare to reveal a true thought or feeling.

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"Like", the perfect out of saying anything meaningful.

Think about it.

What does injecting "like" into a sentence consistently end up meaning?

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