- FALaholic #
- Sep 20, 2021
Grammatically speaking, there are two different contemporary uses of the word "like".Umm, your example is exactly what I'm referring to...
One is where it is used mostly as if it was punctuation. Example: "He's like so boring and like always asking for stuff and like who knows what he's thinking?..."
The other usage is what I pointed out above where it is being used to indicate what a person said. In the past we would say: "...he got back and he said 'Where were you?'..." - but now they say: "...he got back and he was like 'Where were you?'...".
Both are incorrect and annoying but are distinctly different usages of the word.
I heard the other day that there are over 130 million Americans who are functionally illiterate. They cannot comprehend written English well enough to understand the instructions on a prescription bottle. That level of illiteracy. I'm pretty sure this is partly because they use SMS/twitter gibberish and only watch videos when they do get news or other information.
I feel like our downward spiral blew right past Idiocracy as if it was little more than an arrow pointing to where our future lies.