The Never Say “Like” Challenge

Last week I had a job at Aeropostale hanging up some fitting room doors. Easy enough job. Except for, like, one thing. That whole store was filled with, like, people who, like, loved to overuse, like, one word.

Like, omigod, like“Like”

When the hell did this word become, like, so popular to use? It’s meaningless! It just, like, adds nothing to sentences. Actually, like, I think it breaks up what people are, like, saying, and makes it harder to, like, understand what they’re, like, saying.

So stop, like, saying it! (I bet the English professor at Funny About Money would agree!)

Not to rag too much on the Aeropostale crowd (they did give me a work order, afterall), because my oldest daughter uses it a lot, too. I always correct her. Imagine it, dudes — A highschool dropout correcting the grammar of a straight A student.

That word makes people sound so stupid! Stupid and unsure of themselves. Just spit it out!

The Never Say “Like” Challenge

Take the Never Say “Like” Challenge. The rules are easy – see how long you can go without saying the word, “like.”

Obviously, don’t randomly use it in your sentences where it’s meaningless. But also, instead of saying, “I like beer,” try saying, “I enjoy beer” – man, you sound smarter already!

How long can you, like, last?


The Never Say “Like” Challenge — 33 Comments

  1. I cannot imagine how quiet our “fancy” mall would be on the west side of town, if they adopted your challenge….this is where the “plastics”, as I call them, congregate in multitudes. Ya’ know….the women (and men) that are so polished I’d be afraid they’d melt if they stood next to a radiant heat source.
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  2. Hahaha…I loved this post! I wrote about this same thing awhile back after I listened to a girl behind me say the word like after every two words just the previous day. It drove me nuts!

    On my post I wrote that ‘one explanation for why this is happening is that people talk much faster, put less effort into choosing their words and do a brain dump with filler words, such as ‘like’, to fill in the gaps instead of just pausing for a moment before continuing to speak’. But why not pause for a second or two to catch your breath and think before you continue? It seems society is always in a hurry in every which way these days.
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    • That’s a good explanation. Maybe we interrupt eachother more, too. So people feel that they gotta fill the spaces with ‘like’ so that no one will jump in before they’re done??

  3. I’m, like – so old I’m embarrassed to admit it. I mean, not embarrassed about my age, but like, the way I can’t stop saying that word despite supposedly being old enough to sound more articulate. I try, but I’m, like – unable to stop.

    On that topic, I watched a webcast where some dude was explaining stock chart action and I’m sure he didn’t screen it ahead of time. If he had, he would have been way, way embarrassed at the way he said “uh” about 5 trillion times. At times he just said “uh” three times in a row instead of a sentence, and then started, like, talking for real, with uh, not saying “like” but, uh, well, uh… Uh, the same other word at least once in each sentence and sometimes between them. It was worse than Butthead!
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  4. Oh, I just thought of something. I’ve known a few guys who say, “I don’t care for…” instead of “I don’t like…” It makes them sound so refined! Try it. “I don’t care for that sissified kind of craft beer,” sounds better than, “I don’t like that kind.”
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  6. My word-of-choice to eradicate is the word “should”. If you say you “should” do something, you’re really saying that you feel obligated to do it but you don’t want to do it and you probably won’t do it but you will feel guilty for not doing it but you still won’t do it. Nothing good comes of this word!
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  8. Hee! I had to come back and see what others had to say… And also I remembered another habitual howler: “basically.”

    “Hi, Joe! Where’ve you been?”

    “Well, basically, I went to the grocery store and then drove home.” Like that.
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  9. I cant figure out why my blog is showing something you wrote 6 months ago but goes to your current post

    I will fix it I promise

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