How do you, like, like the way, like, that young folk, like, like to like say “like”, like all the time… me neither (or: yay! Go America! If you’re under 25)
One bonus of the ‘like’ phenomena is it makes conversations impossible to understand by non-likers, like me. It could quite possibly have military applications; sort of like World War 2, when the US Marines used Navajo Indians as radiomen. Their native language was so rare that the Japanese could not decipher a single word of it. Like, wow man.
I can personally attest to the strength of this unbreakable “like” code having listened to many conversations in coffee shops (or ‘the office’ as I like to call them) and have never been able to unravel the content. I get ‘like’ overload extremely quickly and confused remarkably easily. That would come as no surprise to my friends who may hypothesize that I spend a remarkable amount of my life confused. In any event, be that as it may, it is an excellent tool to confuse parents, I suppose.
My interest in this is not for the purpose of America knocking, which oddly seems quite popular at the moment; my interest is in the fact that this ‘like’ trend has swept the world. America seems to have an inexhaustible supply of fads that the rest of the world craves. It’s not just fast hamburgers and blue jeans the world craves; it’s language, as well. In Australia recently, I listened day after day to Aussie school kids over use of ‘like’ – just like their TV hero’s. This may just be another generation gap (try saying “hey, that’s cool man”, to a teenager, and they will look at you like you’re a 48 year old weirdo).
Hong Kong trends (and there are many of them) tend to stand out. That’s partly due to the closeness that we all live in and partly due to the eclectic nature of Hong Kong. Anything and everything goes here, like the fact you can wear fury boots and hats in November, even if it’s 30 degrees Celsius (86 F), as long as the calendar says it should be cold. Fads from all over the world can find a comfy home here; despite a population density of about 8 people per square metre of land, there is plenty of room for every imaginable craze.
So the “like” fad is not so bad I suppose, kids need to have their generation thing. My Dad thought Elton John was just another loud lair ruining a piano, not the Mozart of my time, tinkling classics that will outlive us all.
So should I be a bit more proactive and try to decipher the like code? Maybe, then I can talk to young people about that and many other fascinating topics… ummm, no, that would be seriously uncool, man.
But if you like, liked this post, or like understood like any of this, feel free to like, like it…like.