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Across the room from where I was lying on the couch working on a puzzle, my daughter was having a phone conversation with a friend. I decided to start counting the times she used the word "like." She used it like 95 times.

I don't see this as a problem. I don't take the old prescriptivist approach of saying that she's like butchering the language and should learn to speak properly. I think she's learned a certain code, a linguistic register that she like shifts into when she speaks with this person. The prominent characteristic of this code is the repeated use of "like." Other features include the frequent employment of "literally" (whether meaning "literally" or not), "wow," "really," "seriously."

The code is also tonal. You don't just say "literally," you drag it out a certain way and accent it a certain way.

The linguistic register is used to create a bond, to create a sense of solidarity with the other individual. While the code bleeds out of the register into her more "neutral" way of speaking (i.e. she uses "like" a lot), the shift is noticeable when she changes interlocutors.

I think this is a general principle: we speak differently, depending on whom we are around.
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That's Far-Out, Man!

That chick sounds like a real loose wig. Like, I can really dig her scene, cuz' like, I'm hip to that lingo. Dig?
I can like, totally relate to that!
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