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Sacha Guitry once said, "You can pretend to be serious, but you can't pretend to be witty." Oh yes, I'm the great pretender.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I Like, You Like?

If Caroline Kennedy has, you know, a verbal tick of, you know, saying “you know” a lot, then I have, like, a verbal tick, like, of saying “like” and the like: “parang”, “for example” and “kunwari”. I guess I’m not as bad as the potential New York senator, but, like, I notice it a lot when I edit our Fabcasts. And because I’m the producer and editor, I have control over whether I’d like you guys to, like, hear all those “likes” and the like—which I really don’t like, so that’s why you don’t hear much of them.

It’s interesting that I unconsciously chose a simile as a verbal tick to stall while I think of what to say next. Why a simile and not a metaphor? Y theory is that I prefer rephrasing things instead of using symbolisms whose meanings may get lost in translation.

It’s like, you know. Yeah.


jamie da vinci! said...

it's, like, not that uncommon, you know. to have verbal tick, especially, like, using the words "like", you know :)even for other languages.

i know for a fact that the chinese use the term "nah ke", which is the counter part of "like" in mandarin; while the arabs would say "yah ni" which is also their way of saying "like" as well.

now.... is there such a thing then as a written tick? kasi i tend to use "quotations" a lot these days... "you know?" ehehehehe.

joelmcvie said...

@JAMIE: Maybe, like, y'know, if you check, like, your Tweets in Twitter, y'know, you might find, like, a written tick that you might have, y'know.

jamie da vinci! said...

ay... yah! y'know, that's, like, a good idea! y' know! :)

like, happy new year! hehehehe!