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"Like" Police

Somebody get some water on these blankets!


You know when you’re saying something to your kids, and you just sound like someone’s mom? I mean, I am a mom, of course I sound like a mom—but I mean when you really sound like someone’s mom. Someone’s mom who uses spit to tamp down a cowlick. Someone’s mom who tries to be hip to her children’s ‘lingo’, and references Star Wars Episode III by mistakenly calling  General Grievous General Grey Goose*. Someone’s mom in mom jeans who says things like “I can’t hear myself think!” and corrects grammar: “do you ‘like’ want dinner, or do you just want dinner?”

Oh, wait, that last one was me.

Anyhoo. We’re trying to teach our children not to use the word “like.”

I mean, they’re free to like things all they want, we’re just trying to steer them away from like liking things too much.

Overuse of the word ‘like’. Le sigh. Le moan. Le wringing of les hands.

Does anybody out there have any winning strategies for dealing with this? Because most of the “strategies” that we have employed so far include such techniques as: Nagging! Being annoying! Nattering! Being the Grammar Police! Aguafiestas!

It has only worked insofar as the word LIKE causes everyone in our home to perk up and chide one another regardless of whether or not the usage was correct. Pretty sure this invalidates the claim that anything is actually working.

Help please. Like, help.


*sidebar: Attack of The Clones is a measurably better film when General Grey Goose is on night watch, if you catch my drift.


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