You know what you’re saying, right?

Posted: March 2, 2012 by jerkmag in SAGE -- editor's picks, VAULT -- archives, WORDS O' WISDOM

OMG I can’t believe like that he would like do that to you. You’re like my best friend and I like love you. Why would he like hurt you like that? You’re amazing. Boys just like don’t understand. They’re so dumb. (Insert high-pitched girlie voice.)

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  Can you hear yourself speak? I will admit, I do talk like this sometimes or have in the past but COME ON PEOPLE! This trend needs to stop and we all need to stop being lazy and remember how to form sentences. Um, hello, did we all forget what we’ve learned in high school English class? It’s not necessary to have five forms of like within a sentence. I know, it feels like its suppose to be there but… it’s not. It’s okay though! Getting rid of this habit won’t kill you. Some might need rehab though; it would probably be easy to bounce back into this routine.

However, other people see this trend differently. In The New York Times, writer Douglas Quenqua focuses on the trend in a positive light in his article, They’re, Like, Way Ahead of the Linguistic Currrve. He discusses how many linguists see this as a sophisticated change and think that female teens need to get some credit for this.

Quenqua writes, “The idea that young women serve as incubators of vocal trends for the culture at large has longstanding roots in linguistics. As Paris is to fashion, the thinking goes, so are young women to linguistic innovation.” This is an obvious claim, of course young women are the “trend setters” of the world. We are constantly changing what is popular for clothing as well as shoes and bags. Why not change our language too.

Quenqua notes that, “The use of “like” in a sentence, “apparently without meaning or syntactic function, but possibly as emphasis,” has made its way into the Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition.” ‘Like’ isn’t as exciting as Bootylicious when it was initiated into the Dictionary but it’s on the same level. These cues being welcomed into the Dictionary shows how popular this vocabulary is.

The funny thing that Quenqua found was that, “In 2011, Dr. Liberman conducted an analysis of nearly 12,000 phone conversations recorded in 2003, and found that while young people tended to use ‘like’ more often than older people, men used it more frequently than women.” HA. I kind of don’t believe that, but that is beside the point.

Why do we talk like this?

Honestly, I HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE. We all sound like ditsy girls who are in high school. I don’t know about you but I hated high school and especially the airhead girl part. This vocabulary choice that we’ve all decided to make together, needs to go away.  When did females decide that it was okay to sound like an idiot? Don’t we want to sound educated? I see these girls everywhere I go and once was one of these girls. PEOPLE MOCK THESE GIRLS!! Hopefully the change will happen soon. If not, let the mocking continue.

-Brooke Leone


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