The way, like, I finished off, like, last week’s blog, like, could have been, like, really annoying, like, to some people, like. It’s so, like, unnecessary, Do you know what I mean, like?
I thought I’d share with you what the legendary linguist David Crystal says in his interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59GMlpAdVok&feature=push-fr&attr_tag=5UO4QhsPk_fzs1d7%3A6
He says that in linguistics, ‘like’ has a very important role in narrative, and guess what…it has a name! It’s called ‘quotative like’. And, you can find examples of it being used in this way as far back as the eighteenth century!
He asserts that ‘like’ replaces the quotation marks in an utterance like “I said, like, wow!”, so someone who uses ‘like’ is really doing something really good, making the story they’re telling more interesting! He says it’s ‘a very important feature of natural narrative’ and is often followed by a facial expression or gesture which can’t be introduced by any other word. He says many people have seen its use as a deterioration in the language, but he doesn’t. On the contrary, he sees it rather as a sign of increasing expressive richness. He does warn however, that over-use can distract from the meaning of the message, like! Oh, what’s he like, eh? Now that’s an expression I’m going to stay well away from!
ETC has a British Council inspection taking place at the moment and this gives us the opportunity to show them what we are about!
Unfortunately there will be no blog for a couple of weeks now, as I’m going on annual leave! So, farewell from the ETC blog and enjoy the rest of August! I’ll try to pick up where we left off on my return! (Like!)