The word “Like” as a verb means to like or enjoy, relish, savor, find pleasure or as a preposition to mean similar characteristics, comparable, similar. There is like-minded, likeness, like wise, and likelihood, but I find in conversation the word “Like” fills a void.
To hear someone “Like” speak on a subject and continue “Like” they didn’t know where the sentence was going, and “Like” it never ended, can make the listener wonder. “Like” what are they saying?
People don’t write this way. Only in conversation does the word “Like” appear so regularly. There are other words that can break the thought of a sentence, but “Like” seems very popular now.
In public speaking, “Ah” is used frequently to give pause until the thoughts can be organized in the brain and delivered to the mouth. In the 60’s, “Man” was used as a signal to another that they were part of the tribe and understood all meanings to the word. Some pepper their vocal presentation with “cuss” words, like a junior high school student trying to get a reaction.
I realize I talk with my hands more now, trying to express a point or illustrate a thought, yet my words, in a casual conversation are fewer.
Speaking to one another is an individual trait. Learned by experience and fueled by others.
So “Like” when you are “Like” in a conversation with another, “Like” think about how you “Like” use the word “Like” and “Like” don’t try too hard.
You know what I mean? (Oh, don’t get me started. This statement assumes the listener is too stupid to comprehend what you have just vocalized to them)