Can We, Like, Stop Saying, ‘Like’ all the Time?

I don’t know about you, but I have had it with so many people saying “like” all the time. I did a bit of research and found this from Jonathan Beck:

“Like, I don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s not like Americans are, like, saying “like”, like, all the time. Like, sometimes we say things like, “um” and “uh” instead of “like”, or even “ah”. Sometimes, we um, like, uh, put them all together.

One of the reasons many Americans are all like, um, saying “like” all the time is, ah, because of like, poor vocabulary, or um, poor speaking skills. But, you can like, rest assured that Americans aren’t like, uh, the only ones, ah, doing this.

Even great speakers (from all around the world) are all like, umming and ahing from time to time. These are uh, what are known as filler words, and um, everybody uses them.

One reason people like, use filler words, is because they are not uh, one hundred percent sure of what they are saying or um, not exactly sure how to put what they are saying like, together.

Another reason, is that ah, when conversing, people have to do like, two things at once; listen and speak. It’s uh, not as easy as it seems. I can like, guarantee that you (dear reader) use filler words too.

Filler words typically appear at the beginning of a statement and, um, between ideas, and the main reason for this is uh, like, very surprising; you have been conditioned to use them! Like, I know, right?

See, ever since you were just a tot, you have been uh, expected to speak when spoken to. Like, when mom or dad asked you a question, you were expected to ah, answer. This conditioning has like, followed you throughout your life. So um, rest easy my fellow flagrant filler utilizer, everybody does it and, um, it’s nobody’s fault.”

I don’t know about you, but this made me laugh. Most of all, it makes me stop wanting to kick the “likers” in the head each time I hear them say “like.”

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