It was a challenge not to overhear the conversation behind me as I stood in line at my favorite coffee shop a couple of days ago. It was a greater challenge not to turn around, put on my teacher’s cap, and give advice. Here is the essence of what two Sweet Young Things (“SYTs”) said:
SYT #1: I mean like y’know I’ve like tried to talk to like my supervisor like three times this week. I think I really like deserve like a raise, y’know?
SYT #2: I know! Right? Like I’m like having the same problem!
SYT #!: My supervisor is like so old; she’s like prolly (sic) 38, maybe even like 40. I bet that’s like why she pretty much like ignores me.
The young women were educated; they alluded to college degrees. If they had been in any one of my classes, I’d have called them out on this unfortunate speech pattern not because I’m was a Mean Old English Teacher, but because I know how this habit can get in way regardless of how educated or talented or capable an individual is.
There; I feel better now. Thanks for like listening, y’know?