WHAT IN THE HELL KIND OF WORD IS “LIKE?”
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.