I don’t really know the origins of this “colloquialism” but I wish it would stop. Now. Maybe it came from that Valley Girl song some years ago by Zappa’s daughter Moon Unit. Perhaps it has deeper roots buried in the California mainstream and has migrated across the whole of the rest of the country.
I’m talking about “like,” as in “I was like working at McDonald’s and like this guy like drove in and like…” Whatta buncha crap. I’ve even heard adults in their 30s and 40s use it in their speech. They must have picked it up from their kids.
It shows you the power of peer pressure where kids would rather fit in than stand out from the crowd and let their education shine. Witness the video below.
Drives me crazy, but whaddaya gonna like do?