To Like, or Not to Like

That rotten little word “LIKE”.

1    Like in ~ Tell it like it is.
2    Or  ~ The minute we met I felt like we were meant for each other.
3    Or ~ It happened just like I said it would.
4    Or ~ You look like you’ve lost your best friend.
NO, NO, NO, NO, and NO.
If this is the way you’ve been using this little word, look it up in your Chicago Manual of Style. Or your Strunk & White.

Let’s go back.
1     As in ~ Tell it the way it is. (I know, I know, let’s not be too stuffy here)
2     The minute we met I felt as if we were meant for each other.
3     It happened just as I said it would.
4     You look as if you’ve lost your best friend.

BUT.
1.   I felt like a princess. (How did I feel?)
2.   He ran like a duck.(How did he run?)
3.   She looks like my mother. (How did she look?)
So, like it or not, if you’ve been misusing ‘like’, put your cursor into the ‘find’ box, search out every instance in your manuscript where you have misused this little word ~ and fix it. Unless, of course, you’ve deliberately used it in a colloquial sense, e.g. “Tell it like it is”.


Comments

To Like, or Not to Like — 3 Comments

  1. OMG! Like I really liked this piece. It’s so… like…right on. Like I said to myself, it’s like so true about that word… y’know…like.

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