Remember when you diagrammed sentences in English class?
I am far from precise in spoken English; so, this is not a complaint, but an observation.
My wife and I were walking in the University gym today when I heard a young girl talking to a friend: ‘We left, like, two-thirty this morning….’
What part of speech is like? Like is in common usage with everyone under thirty – and many older. It is not used as a noun, it is not a verb, it is not a conjunction, it is not modifying anything – do we need to invent a new part of speech?
I think we should indoctrinate young children to replace like with what the fuck.
We left, what the fuck, two-thirty this morning…
What the fuck, Wow!
And I was, like, I’m not going.
And I was, what the fuck, I’m not going.
I said, like, really?
I said, what the fuck, really?
You have got to admit this replacement would make speech a lot more colorful.