Q: My friend says ‘like’ constantly- “it’s, like, so busy”; “she’s, like, so funny.” Can I tell her she sounds like a teenager?
A: You may just, like, want to let it go and accept her as she is. But if you wish to speak up, approach this from a helping perspective. Say, “Kelly, you’ve just said ‘like’ four times in one sentence. You probably didn’t even notice, but I’m concerned you might not be taken seriously if you say ‘like’ a lot at work.”