I was sitting in a local cafe this morning reading the paper and having a coffee. This cafe is located on the main street abutting an Ivy League university. The customers in the cafe were about 75% students, 20% professors, and 5% others.
Now I'm sure that all of my American readers are well familiar with this but still I was struck by the use of the word "like". I was sitting in a veritable faux simile storm. All around me the only sound I could hear was "like". "Then he said, like, ..."; "and I was so, like,..."; "and then, like, I, like, did..."; "I couldn't, like, believe it, like, you know?". These are a few I jotted down in literally a less than 30 second period.
These are Ivy League students. It really made them sound pretty ignorant. I can't think of a word that was overused to that extent when I was their age (not soooo long ago). Not sure what my point is... it was really annoying so I guess I just want to vent.