Posted on: July 2, 2011

Because I teach teenagers, I am accustomed to hearing the word “like” all of the time.  True story: One of my students actually uttered the phrase, “He like died and stuff”!  Obviously, this comment drew quite a bit of teasing from the rest of the class, myself included.  We all wanted to know exactly what “and stuff” meant?  Nevertheless, you don’t have to be a teenager to use “like” in your everyday conversations — both spoken and written.  It is fascinating to observe the use of “like” online.  Everything you read on the internet — whether it be a Facebook post, blog entry, or news article — has a “like” button.  I must admit that I am guilty of using this “like” feature frequently.  For instance, sometimes you don’t want to write/type an actual response, but you still feel compelled to respond in some sort of fashion.  Problem solved … just hit the “like” button!


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