, like, don’t like like
in real-life conversation or, like, books, but at least in real life, you can, like, look at the person you’re talking to or, like, think about the sound of his or her voice, or stare into, like, space to, like, take your mind off your interlocutor’s grating conversational tics. Not so when like
is on the page. Then you’re, like, stuck with it.
So, authors: Please find another way to indicate your character is, like, self-consciously hip or delightfully footloose or drug-addled or a beatnik or younger than 30. Or give your character one like
, let your protagonist or narrator roll his or her eyes, then leave the rest to the reader’s imagination.
© Peter Rozovsky 2011