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


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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