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The amelioration of the word like: It won’t sound stupid forever.

Nov 5, 2010 By Abraham 18

I predict that by the end of the next generation’s writing careers, respectable authors in respectable publications will be using the word like to introduce quotes.

As in…

Baselessly prognosticating, blogger Abraham Piper was like, “I predict that by the end of the next generation’s writing careers, respectable authors in respectable publications will be using the word like to introduce quotes.”

What do you think?

18 Comments

  1. Jimmy Cracked Corn says:

    As much as I wish language was a permanent set of rules, it isn’t. I think your prediction is correct.

    On the other hand, I began reading “The Swiss Family Robinson” to my boys last night. This 200 year old book is difficult for them to understand due to what I consider to be outdated language. I’m not going to change a thing. We’ll all pick up some english along the way.

  2. Nerdhat says:

    I think this is, like, preposterous. Also like where do you put the commas, what’s, like the proper syntax for a work like that?

    And contractions, how’s it, like, fit into that mess?

    ‘And like’ become an’ke, and’ke, a’ike, an’ike?

  3. Joseph says:

    It is disturbing because it is true. I loathe this use of the word.

    On different note, have any thoughts on the interrobang?

  4. Karla Evans says:

    I certainly hope this is not true, as I have worked very hard to remove that word from my children’s vocabulary. That said, I think you are probably right.

  5. Dianne says:

    Am I correct in thinking that using “way” in the sense of “very” or “extremely” has been undergoing a similar gradual upgrade in respectability?

  6. Mitch says:

    I was reading A Streetcar Named Desire today, and Tennessee Williams abrreviated telephone as ‘phone. I wonder if back then ‘phone would have been considered too casual to use in formal writing?

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