Hate the likers!

Many years ago, I wrote my very first jazz composition. It was for my future wife, and it was titled Love to Hayter.

Of course, when it was announced over a microphone, it caused everybody to cringe until they found out it was my wife’s maiden name. 

Similarly, I now find I dislike Likers.

The word “like” has become so pervasive in our younger generations' spoken language that I cringe when I am sitting next to a table of teenagers, or even millennials, conversing.

It is so bad that I like catch myself like using like too much. Quit it.

It shouldn’t be there and don’t tell me to get over it. 

An example of using like unnecessarily is the following sentence:

  • “So, I was like at this film screening, like the other night, and like the moderator used the word “like” I was so like horrified that somebody from like stage would use the word like.”

A dictionary definition of like may be 

  • 1. having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to."There were other suits like mine in the shop."

In fact, if we changed like to similar, which is like kind of the same, we get the following sentence:

  • “So I was similar to at this film screening, similar to the other night and similar to the moderator used the word like I was so similar to horrified that somebody from similar to stage would use the word like.

See how completely and utterly redundant it like is.

Stop it.


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Mark has been an entrepreneur for over forty years. His experience spans many commercial sectors and aspects of business. He was one of the youngest people to be appointed as a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Sales and Marketing Management before he left the UK in 1988.

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