Want to make my skin crawl? Then carry on misusing words!

Like – you might like this post – like…

Have We Had Help?

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Even though, like so many others who inhabit the internet, I make use of the ‘Like’ function, whether here in the blogosphere or on social media sites such as Facebook, there is a fundamental problem with doing so. What is it? See if you can guess before reaching the end of this post.

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The Oxford English Dictionary has several definitions of the word Like. Here are just four:-

1. Having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to

2. In the manner of; in the same way or to the same degree as

3. Used with reference to a person or thing of the same kind as another: the quotations could be arranged to put like with like | I know him—him and his like. (the like) a thing or things of the same kind (often used to express surprise or for emphasis): did you ever hear the like?…

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