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This Video Is Totally, Like, Cool.

A lot of people seemed to like last Monday’s post about Taylor Mali’s hilarious video The The Impotence of Proofreading, so I thought I’d share another one of his thoughts on the dumbing down of the English language.

This one is, like, totally, cool…whatever. 

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  1. I absolutely love this. Declarative enough? I may use this phrase frequently today, “the bandwagon of our own uncertainty.”

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    June 23, 2014
  2. Great and hilarious spoof–really like it.

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    June 23, 2014
  3. I loved this! Absolutely fantastic

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    June 23, 2014
  4. This is great! It was, like, TedTalks for grammar, you know?

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    June 23, 2014
  5. I kind of, sort of, liked this, I think, you know?

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    June 23, 2014
  6. Haha amazing ! The bandwagon of our own uncertainty, is, like, kind of a cult phrase now, you know?

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    June 23, 2014
  7. I can speak with Authority. I can say with Absolute Certainty. This man is funny. How do I know how funny he is? I have seen Bob Newhart. I have seen Groucho Marx. I have seen Jerry Seinfeld. I have seen many episodes, and all of the movies, of Monty Python. And, yes, oh yes, I have watched Benny Hill on tv. So I can say that this man is truly funny.

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    June 23, 2014
  8. Love it.

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    June 23, 2014
  9. I’m a professor of philosophy and literature in New York and every semester I ask the students if they wish to take a “left-handed oath” to not use “like” as a paraphrastic filler, but to speak & “argue” directly. They always take the challenge and we share a lot of laughs over the difficulty of leaving these verbal ticks behind. I read a linguistic essay (I wish I remembered the author’s name!) wherein she maintained that the “like” generation (if you will … ), including her daughter, didn’t wish to offend anyone in a far more pluralistic social environ than older generations experienced. So, the “like” is stepping aside from asserting anything directly that may hurt someone’s ethnicity, race etc. but it also is absurdly tentative and funny really, like (its’s fine to still use it as a simile) a quack, bark or chirp. Thanks for posting Taylor Mali’s video — it’s funny & true. Yay!

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    June 23, 2014
  10. Fantastic! Thanks for posting this.

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    June 23, 2014
  11. So true. Reminds me how, about a year ago, I signed up for Match.com and had to fill out all those essay questions about myself that they force you complete, which is torture enough. So I entered my info as best I could. But I’m a writer and I can’t help it, but I instinctively wrote in complete sentences that were grammatically correct and used words that were, maybe, at an eighth grade level. Well, one guy, right off the bat, said I was a know-it-all or something to that effect. Another implied he was intimidated by my use of language. I thought about rewriting it and dumbing it down, but I figured it was easier to just cancel my membership. Maybe it’s because of texting and Facebook status updates, but we’ve lost the art of writing correctly, taking shortcuts in spelling, etc. We are essentially reinventing and simplifying our language. And it wouldn’t be the first time, quite frankly.

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    June 25, 2014
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