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Postby Perry Lassiter » Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:03 pm

I found this article this morning that the both defends and eschews the use of the word "like."
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/1154 ... -hes-wrong
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Re: Like

Postby Slava » Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:14 pm

After re-reading the piece, I realize now one of the major problems with "like". When transcribed, it is not done properly.
"Like" requires, in writing, a comma and quotation marks.

"She was like are you for real?" and "She was like, 'Are you for real?'" are very different.

If written this way, it makes much more sense. Spoken, however, the listener must apply these bits as deemed appropriate. So, I'd say "like" is difficult and best avoided in speech.
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