Or so I've been told by my 2 step kids. The oldest, a male soon to be 26 college graduate in the computer industry, and the youngest, a female just turned 20 and a second year college student have me so pegged.
The oldest stayed with us from June to October then moved in with a friend to split expenses on a rental. While here, he was job hunting and doing some independent contract work building websites for clients. The youngest lives here and will likely remain so until she graduates and gets a job----at least that is the plan.
During their stay together, I got the pleasure??? of listening to many of their conversations and I must say, it is excruciatingly painful to do so. Most go something like this.
Him: Like, did you see the new I-phone that, like, you know, came out yesterday?
Her: Yeah, and like, you know, I just think it is like so cool.
Him: But, like, it's something like a couple hundred bucks, you know.
I've tried my best to communicate with them but find myself hearing "Like and you know" to a point that most other info is lost in the shuffle.
Truthfully, my stepson has been doing this since his first year of high school and I figured it was something he'd eventually grow out of, but it has only gotten worse over the years. His sister is a good deal better and is making a conscious effort to cut back on the "like, you knows".
One day recently, we were all together on the back porch and I was grilling dinner. My wife, her son and daughter were sitting on the porch swing talking and in the course of a 10 minute conversation I think I counted something in the neighborhood of 40 like, you knows. When I finally had my fill and mentioned how communication skills have degenerated with todays youth with the abbreviated text messages, e-mails and conversations heavily sprinkled with "Like and You Know" that's when they decided I was the above mentioned "Language Nazi".
If that means I can communicate in clear concise thoughts in both verbal and written form, then I must be guilty and not ashamed of it.