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Introducing Quotations with the “Like” Word

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Usually, people use tobelike to introduce quoted sources. In that form, it doesn’t harm the language too much or totally prevent thought from taking place. We can hear entire conversations, peppered with the verb tobelike and gobs of likes thrown in for good measure, and come away at least marginally informed.

Thus, a law student might describe his experience in class to a friend this way:

My professor waslike, “Does the Bill of Rights apply to the states?”

And I waslike, “In most cases, yes.”

And she waslike, “Well, when do these rights not apply?”

So I waslike trying to remember the case law, but she waslike rushed for an answer so she like went on to like the next guy.

The student manages to convey some meaning. But he cannot look forward to any awards for elocution.

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