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.