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SOUND SMARTER – STOP SAYING ‘LIKE’
Like it or not, how you talk can lead people to make a lot of assumptions about who you are, where you’re from, and how educated (or not so educated) you might be. One of the most overused words in recent years has been the word ‘like’ in both casual and professional conversations.
If you’re a habitual ‘like’ user, you’re not alone. Even the President is known to use a few ‘likes’ in his everyday speech. Yet refining your speech patterns can be a big benefit when you’re looking for work, giving presentations, or even just dating. Here are some methods, tips and tricks.
0._____M_____ If you simply can’t seem to break your bad habit of ‘like’ overuse, then it may be time to stop using it altogether. Replace the word with any other word that means about the same thing. Listeners will get your point and you’ll avoid backtracking in your progress.
One way to stop using ‘like’ in weird places throughout your speech is to take the time to learn where it should actually fall with regard to standard usage rules. If you’re unsure, take a look in the dictionary entry for the word. There are several usages explained.
2. ____There are a couple of pretty common ways that you’ll hear ‘like’ being thrown around in everyday speech, and knowing what these are can help you be more conscious of times when you might be at risk of using the word yourself.
When you’re giving a quantity that you’re not sure of, it’s pretty common to throw in ‘like’ even though it’s not necessary at all. For example, “You need, like, twenty dollars to buy that.” Saying you need ‘about’, ‘roughly’, or any other word would be more precise and descriptive to indicate that you’re guessing or estimating.
Can’t think of any words to replace ‘like’ with? Start learning them, then! Break out a dictionary and look up words that are similar to ‘like’. You may even want to make a list, paying special attention to words that will allow you to be even more specific or descriptive in your speech.
|Acquire new words|
|Learn how to use ‘like’ correctly|
|Know the most common ways ‘like’ is misused|
|Pause when you would say ‘like’|
|First think then speak|
|Stop using ‘like’ before a quote|
|Make your speaking shorter|
|Make your vocabulary ‘disliked’|
|Ask others to help you|
|Use other words instead of ‘like’|