The Strange English of Young People (2)          No.19

2013/02/13

One of the most common words used nowadays by young people is "like".  Normally, "like" is used to describe something or someone we have an attraction or good feeling(fondness) for: "I like comedy shows."
Recently, though, a lot of young people use it as a "place saver", or a word that is used between other words, but actually has no meaning: "My dad said to be home at 9 pm, and I'm like, you gotta be kidding!"  In a case like this, you might say that "like" could be a substitute for "said".  This is somewhat true, but some people use "like" many times in a sentence, as verb, noun and adjective!  "Like, This is so crazy! and Brad is, like, Oh my God!  And everyone is, like, running away..."   
If you hear a sentence like this, don't feel bad if you don't understand it.  Neither do I!   (G.K)

お役立ち英会話表現 19
nowadays     近頃、最近
place saver  (話の)間
somewhat     ある意味

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