Monday, October 20, 2003

Another Take on "Like"

Language purists have long decried the rampant use of "like" and "you know" among younger speakers of English. Mike Guest, writing for the Daily Yomiuri On-Line, drawing a parallel to similar interjections in Japanese speech, offers a thoughtful analysis of these grammatical puzzles. He suggests that these terms may have reached a level of usage that might qualify them as legimate and acceptable alternatives to the phrases they usually replace.

Can you, like, see the signals?

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