On Dislike

Today’s prompt is very mind-readery. I’ve been thinking for a while about writing this, so here it is.

I’ve trained myself out of my worst speaking habit. It’s one that drives me mad when others do it: gratuitous use of the word ‘like.’ Out shopping today, I heard a group of teens using the word frequently. To me, as I expressed to Mum, it seems lazy. For me, hearing it repeated in a sentence, or sentences, is an indicator that the speaker doesn’t really care what they’re saying. They don’t stop to think about how they could present what they’re saying, and to me that lessens the value.

In a tutorial, once upon a time: a girl used to liberally pepper her sentences with ‘like’. It either is or isn’t. It isn’t like anything. I quickly learned how to tune her out, because she might’ve had something interesting to say but I found I couldn’t hear it over all the ‘likes’. As a result I lost out on potentially getting a new perspective on what she was saying. This is at university, by the way.

It’s also an irritation to me because it makes me think that the person speaking is so keen to get what they’re saying out into the open that they don’t filter their words. I decided to break the habit a few years ago, and I have. Nowadays, I find that I take longer to say something – not because I don’t have the words, but because I stop to formulate a sentence. I make myself stop and think, and then speak.

13 thoughts on “On Dislike”

  1. Overusing the word “like” is one of my pet peeves, too. I totally agree with you. And you are right – when people use this word, it does lessen the value of what they’re saying. Great post!


  2. […] The word that people use which really gets under my skin is the word like. It is such an overused word. As a matter of fact, people use it so much that half the time they don’t even realize that they’re using it and almost all the time they’re using it incorrectly. It’s become a “filler” word in their sentences and in the final analysis, the only thing it does is make their sentences longer. It makes them sound inarticulate. If a person would only stop and think about what they’re going to say first, then perhaps they would be able to construct a more intelligent sentence without having to resort to the improper usage of this word. I agree with blogger tuckedintoacorner who says that when a person uses this word it is “an indicator that the speaker doesn’t really care what they’re saying.“ […]


  3. Thank you for reminding me of this word. Yes, here in Australia it is used widely. Funnily enough I forgot it when I wrote this morning about the words that irritated me, but this one slipped through the net. It is definitely a no-no!


    1. It’s the one that is worst for me. I’m always amazed when I hear university students overusing it – I always wonder if it translates to problems articulating an essay.

      I see you’ve followed my blog – welcome, and thank you 🙂


    1. Oh yes! I’m of the opinion that people who use y’know are just seeking validation of what they’re saying because they’re unsure. I wish I had the power to ban words.

      I won’t go into my text-speak rant 🙂


      1. Y4? My friend is 20 years behind me in technology, having never used a computer or smart phone until I gave her one. Now, she downloads like a woman demented and uses text-speak like a teenager. Half the time I can’t even understand her eg, Y R U L8? Aaarg, I can’t even send a text without proper punktyation 😀


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