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Variations on like

Posted to WritersAndGenres

I remember in the late 60's, in the comic strip "High & Lois", the teenage son started every sentence with "like." It was so funny to my parents & me because it brought attention to the way kids my age talked. The way I remember the term, it was originally used to faciliate the formation of sentences when we couldn't, or didn't want to, remember some complicated adult set of phrases. For example, someone might say, "You must register for the draft and you have the option of stating you are against the war and you may be given the opportunity to state your objections formally but you still might be drafted. In the event you are drafted, you may still be able to get out of it by being a college student or by joining the national guard. Your objection to the war may or may not have to do with your religion." My response would be to ask my father, "You know, on the draft, if I wanted to, like, register or whatever as being against the war...would I like, do what?" Another variation comes from kids copying the way parents try to explain things by analogy. For example, a discourse on telling lies might go like this. "Sometimes we say things that aren't true, like the time we told your brother we were going out to dinner but we were really planning a surprise birthday party for him. But if you say something like, you don't have any homework when you really do, that's different." Or maybe that was like, just my family. Hmmm.