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Like

Posted in Proper English with tags on February 20, 2008 by erin

Definition of Like:
1 chiefly dialect : to be suitable or agreeable to
2 a: to feel attraction toward or take pleasure in : enjoy
b: to feel toward : regard
3: to wish to have : want
4: to do well in

We all know and use the word “like” very often.

“I like peanut butter.”

I, however; am in the very bad habit of using it in it’s slang, I guess is the best way to put it. Like is a meaningless word used in teen-age American speech (and in my case grown woman speech) which may indicate, among other things a gap in thinking or brain functioning; a contemporary equivalent of “uh” or “um”.

“I like use baby detergent for Petunia and then like use regular detergent for our clothes.”

Maybe that’s my problem, a gap in thinking…..old age….new mommy….whatever it is I have vowed to use this word properly FROM NOW ON! Except I noticed as I am talking to a friend 4 “likes” tumble out of my mouth before my brain kicks in! URGGGG! This is a harder habit to kick than I thought.