Yes, it’s a verb AND a preposition but does it have to also be used as an adjective and adverb and a filler? I thought ‘uuummmm’ and ‘you know’ were irritating but “like” has moved to the top of the list.
On a recent elevator ride in my building I heard it 10 times from the 2nd. floor to the 12th. floor in two young ladies’ conversation. Yes, I was counting.
Even news reporters use it and anyone they interview throws it out several times. Politicians and political pundits are hard enough to listen to let alone when they start inserting “like” as often as they change their stance.
I find myself slowing down when speaking to someone trying to make sure I don’t put a “like” in front of every other word. It’s causing folks to think I have an early on-set of dementia; believe me, there’s lots of other signs that may be happening!
At a family wedding in the fall, I was prepared for the vows to be spoken as: “for like, richer and poorer, and like healthy and like forever” since the proposal posted on FB included “will you, like, marry me ‘cause we like, love each other so much.”
It’s become a habit and we know how hard those are to break. But give it a try and “like” things a little less – especially when you’re talking to me.