Bad Influences

Three hours with her friends, and my kid started peppering her speech with “like” after every two words. Of course, it sounds super cute when she does it (as opposed to everybody else) but still.

3 thoughts on “Bad Influences”

    1. It’s very hard to know the line between being necessarily and unnecessarily annoying.

      My father was constantly on my case as a kid to stop scrunching my forehead. I found it deeply annoying but finally lost the habit.

      Now at 44, I have a completely smooth, unlined forehead. So it really worked.


  1. “My parents dealt with this by treating all such verbal tics as if we meant them literally”

    That’s okay if it’s done within reason, but if exaggerated can be just as bad as the tics… and anyway embolalia (use of filler words) is a perfectly normal feature of human language and a person who uses no filler words will sound very weird and artificial- as long as it’s kept in check and there’s not too much reliance on any single filler word. Of course young American people tend to overuse ‘like’ in that role (when I was a child it was ‘ya know’ and I went through a phase when I overdid it).

    My former boss here (recipient of every academic title and honor available in the country) could barely finish two sentences without throwing in ‘tego’ (of that but really meaningless) a few times.


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