“For years now adults have been unable to understand the teenage wonder, the bliss, the simplistic genius of the word ‘like.’ The valley-girl word that made the ’90s great, that replaced ‘said’ and signaled hyperbole or understatement was a staple of our youths. Placed by many adults on the irreverence-o-meter at the same level as gum-smacking, it continues to ruin job interviews for many college graduates even to this day. However, the times appear to be changing: the upstart of a word ‘so’ actually seems to be encroaching dangerously on the territory of the once ubiquitous ‘like.'”
Read more in this entertaining article by Princeton undergrad, Laura Berner.