Friday, December 9, 2011



My wife and I work out at the gym at the University here in western Maine about three times a week.   After our work out we often grab a bite at the UM cafeteria.

It’s not ease-dropping but you can’t help overhearing some of the conversations, and they go like this:
Hi, like it’s been a long time since I have seen you, like weeks.   I told Jim, ‘Like, where has Joy been?   Like, I use to see her in class.’  He was like, ‘Wow I don’t know, like maybe she’s sick’.”

“I have been, like really sick for over a week.   Like, I could hardly get out of bed; like Ohhh, I’m dying.   My roommate was like, ‘I don’t even want to be in the room with you – like you should go home.   But, I’m like over it now. Like, not completely fine, but like able to go to class…

And the conversation continues.

I love the University and the kids that attend here are great, and a positive asset to the community. However, I couldn’t help but ask my wife, “What the hell kind of word is like?”   What part of speech is it? Being old school, I wonder how you would diagram it in a sentence; and if you could magically remove the word from English usage would these kids still be able to communicate?

Like, I know it’s not important.

But, like, I’m Just asking.

the Ol’Buzzard


  1. Like, another ole fart wonders like, right along with you!

  2. I thought like went its way with the Valley Girls many moons ago.

  3. Just tell them that ,like their parents talked like that, like eons ago!!

  4. Rubye Jack: Maine is always a decade or so behind.
    Kulkuri: my generation was "cool man," and "fucking-A."
    Granny: I love your cat pix.
    Future: we should start an ol-farts club...but that might get smelly.
    the Ol'Buzzard


COMMENT: Ben Franklin said, "I imagine a man must have a good deal of vanity who believes, and a good deal of boldness who affirms, that all doctrines he holds are true, and all he rejects are false."