Friday, September 08, 2006

Like, totally

Defective Yeti has written an essay in praise of the use of the word like:

Really, "like" is more than just a word -- it is practically a auxiliary verb that puts the entire statement into a new tense. Call it the "Past Approximate." If someone tells you they once ate fourteen eggs in one sitting, you recognize that is a boast; if someone says they ate, like, fourteen eggs, you know instinctively that the number was probably closer to five.
-- from "I Like Like"

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