“Quotative like can set up a whole miniature drama, with visual content contributing to a richer vocabulary than words alone could license. Online and off, used with images or micro-performances, quotative like is not a lazy crutch of semi-literate teens but a handy and highly functional addition to our lexicon – and to our paralinguistic repertoire. No wonder it has caught on.”

Great @StanCarey post on the use and online evolution (now with pictures!) of the “quotative like” (“And I’m like, ‘No way!’ and she’s like ‘Totally!'”)

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