I overheard an early 20 something North American westerner last night with some locals. In every sentence he used ‘like’ excessively. The sad thing was the locals were doing it too.
Not the first time I have heard this. I overheard some ABCs doing it a couple of weeks ago on the MRT.
How does it sound to someone learning English (who doesn’t know that is like a speech impediment and used incorrectly) when they hear that so many times?
I conduct English language tests for entry to universities abroad. Candidates get marked down for overuse of linkers. We’re getting more students getting penalised for too many likes. I think they are getting it from their foreign buxiban teachers.
It’s all the revenge of the weird. They won’t settle for tolerance. They want to destroy mainstream culture.
There’s no such thing as normal, but there are fringes and they are full of resentment. They had miserable childhoods and they blame the middle of the bell curve. The sick envy the less sick.
There are people who had equally bad childhoods who are willing to accept tolerance and to forgive and move on. And there are those who can’t let it go, can’t move on. There can be no peace with them.
But hey, religious freedom. I’m all for that. My only question is: are they sincere? I think of another FSM from way back that turned out to be full of shit. I simply don’t trust people who spout high ideals without giving concrete proof that they care about any ideals as such.