Thursday, March 5, 2015

What Not to Say, #3

Overheard in the hallways yesterday:

He's like "where's she going?" and I'm like, "I don't know. How should I know?" And he's like, "well, you should know."

What has happened to the perfectly good verb say? Why does no one these days speak the sentences above like this:

He said, "where's she going?" and I said, "I don't know. How should I know?" And he said.....

Really, when was the last time you heard someone use this rapidly disappearing verb? Help me to save "said" from extinction. Give "like" a rest and save it for things that you actually like.