‘Like’: It’s, like, bothering me

by epi on October 3, 2011

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.”

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Winifred Rosenburg October 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

Does anyone have any suggestions for getting out of the habit of saying “like”?

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Elizabeth October 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Record yourself talking and then listen to it? I can’t imagine anything more cringe-inducing, and it’s guaranteed to make you more self-conscious or self-aware about your speech.

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