What’s not to like
Quite frequently I travel to and from work by bus. I live a little way outside Aberdeen, and the bus journey is good for doing some reading in preparation for the day; and to over-hear conversations, like the following one. The dramatis personae were two young women.
Woman #1: ‘I don’t know, like, it’s like, I was like, “what are you doing?”‘
Woman #2: ‘I hate that, like, when they’re like “I don’t understand”.’
Woman #1: ‘I’m like, “are you stupid, like?'”
Well, I think the word ‘like’ now urgently needs to be erased from the English language. Its use in any context should be severely punishable. That’s all we can still do. If we don’t act now, we shall all be fatally buried under an avalanche of ‘like’.