"Like" abuse redivivus

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Apr 13 19:22:39 UTC 2008

At 4/13/2008 02:34 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:
>to see the problem, here are the possibly relevant NOAD2 definitions
>for "inarticulate":
>1.  unable to speak distinctly or express oneself clearly ... not
>clearly expressed or pronounced
>... having no distinct meaning; unintelligible ... not expressed;

inarticulate:  2.  wasting air.  Which is like what "like" does.


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