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Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:52 PM

How to Upgrade your Speech by Not Saying "Like"

How to Upgrade your Speech by Not Saying “Like”

POSTED ON OCTOBER 28, 2018 BY TAYLOR | CATEGORIES: SELF IMPROVEMENT, SUCCESS
Language and speech are a beautiful thing. And while there are countless books available on the ‘correct’ way to use words and sentences, ultimately the only right way is the way you wish. Each culture and sub-culture contains as many variations on the local language as it does individuals. Efforts to regulate the way people talk are often bound up in politics and social currents that have little to do with the best interests of those who are expected to change the way they speak.

However! We do not each live in a bubble. While the ‘fingerprint’ of your speech is precious, there may be habits you’ve picked up which – while not being ‘wrong’ – are less special than others. And these habits can be misconstrued by the people to whom you speak, who will interpret the nuances of your speech to mean stuff that you quite possibly don’t intend to convey.

Take, for example, the filler. Filler words and sounds include things such as beginning a sentence with ‘so,’ or using the word ‘like’ all over the place to replace terms of approximation (about, around), said words (“I was like, ‘no way!’), or just when you’re struggling to find the correct word at all.

Sometimes we use these words because we feel rushed, or lack the confidence to use a more complex, precise alternative, or wish to convey that we’re speaking in a ‘down to Earth’ way. Experts say that the use of these words can actually be a sign of intelligence or thoughtfulness. The word ‘like’ modulates your sentence; it implies that what you’re saying is nuanced and that you wish to express your meaning clearly.
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https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/how-to-upgrade-your-speech-by-not-saying-like/

~lmsp

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littlemissmartypants Nov 8 OP
flibbitygiblets Nov 8 #1
calimary Nov 8 #2
Glorfindel Nov 8 #3
TygrBright Nov 8 #4
tymorial Nov 8 #5
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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:54 PM

1. Peppering one's sentences with "like" denotes intelligence? On what planet?

Excuse me. On, like, what planet?

I rest my case.

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Response to flibbitygiblets (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 05:57 PM

2. Like, so, ...

So, like, I so like this!

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:08 PM

3. And I'm like, "I dunno," ya know?

It's like, well, that's just your opinion, man. Know what I'm sayin'? Like, hipsville.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:08 PM

4. That's, like, just somebody's opinion, man... n/t

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:26 PM

5. Like totally.

I also understand that constructing short stunted sentences with middle school level vocabulary and grammar is evidence of ones genius. And not just any type of genius, a like, bigly stable genius.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2018, 06:50 PM

6. Ima like gonna be so smart!

Some of this comes about because of texting on phones. People are in a hurry and do not want to type out a whole word.

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