Do you, like, like LIKE?

LIKE is often used and often reviled these days, but not everyone realises that LIKE has a long history. And it follows regular patterns — patterns we seem to know instinctively, but which we have a hard time articulating. How did LIKE get this way, and should you be trying to stop using it?

Daniel talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D’Arcy on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Signs of Australia : a new dictionary of Auslan (the sign language of the Australian deaf community) / edited by Trevor Johnston

Coming soon: First-of-its-kind Indian sign language dictionary

The people behind India’s first sign language dictionary

Ethnologue: Indian Sign Language

Empowering the Deaf

Giphy Collects Together Thousands Of Animated GIFs To Help You Learn Sign Language

Call to give sign language official status

Sign language users have better reaction times and peripheral vision

Online Etymology Dictionary: like

Like, OMG! ‘Like’ Is, Like, Totally Cool, Linguist Says

Like, Why Do We Use Like So Much?

Discourse markers are, like, important

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913

Wiktionary: uberize

How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide

Uber’s unravelling: The stunning, 2 week string of blows that has upended the world’s most valuable startup

Uberfy or Get Uberfied! The Psychology of Digital Disruption

Sexism at Uber from female management #UberStory

Much help from Word-Formation in English by Ingo Plag

What is the difference between the suffixes -ize and -ify

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