This is [[SelfDemonstratingArticle like]] when a character, like, constantly throws the word "like" into their sentences. [[ValleyGirl Frequently used by like, teenage girl characters who are, like, um, a little dim]]? And, like, end every sentence with, like, an upwards inflection? Usage doesn't seem to be limited to, like, specific character types, although it does seem to be used more by girls than, like, boys. Can get into, like, TotallyRadical territory if, like, this character trait is used, like, randomly out of place.

Right, that's enough of that...hopefully you can see how unclear and annoying that can make dialogue! This trope definitely needs to be used sparingly, unless you really want to make a character TheScrappy.

The word "like" can be used in many ways;
* Adverbs, when it can mean 'nearly' or 'about' - "She's only, like, 5 miles away", or 'for example' - "You could catch, like, herpes".
* Quotatives, when you wish to quote another character - "she was like, 'Like is totally a quotative!'"
* 'Hedges', when you want to show you don't quite mean what you're saying literally, but as simile or hyperbole - "I, like, died".
* '[[RealisticDictionisUnrealistic Fillers]]', if you don't wanna use, like, "um..." or "er...".

Another place like turns up is in [[UsefulNotes/{{Wales}} Welsh]] speech. LeetLingo frequently uses "liek" as a deliberate typo.

Creator/DaveBarry once pointed out that one of the reasons young people may talk like this could be to make sure the person they're talking to is paying attention to them.

This is, like, TruthInTelevision, as many parents will gripe about this trope - although people ''will'' use it in TotallyRadical ways that don't match any actual teenagers' speech. Also a prominent trait of the ValleyGirl.

It's also OlderThanTheyThink: the oldest quote cited for this sense in the Oxford English Dictionary comes from ''1778''.[[note]]in F. Burney's ''Evelina'': "Father grew quite uneasy, like, for fear of his Lordship's taking offence."[[/note]] Screenwriter I. A. L. Diamond (who was born in 1920) and director Billy Wilder (born in 1906) had Creator/MarilynMonroe use the expression in the 'hedge' sense above in their 1959 period comedy, ''Film/SomeLikeItHot''.

Compare VerbalTic, contrast RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic. Not to be confused with DudeShesLikeInAComa, though that trope's title is both an example of this one and a probable inspiration for its title.

[[IThoughtItMeant No relation to]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Like Likes]]. Or the [[Website/{{Facebook}} Like button]].
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!!Like, Examples:

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[[folder: Like, Anime & Manga ]]

* Poland from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is shown to do this in {{Fanon}}, due to the translation of his Nagoya Schoolgirl dialect into a ValleyGirl accent. Coincidentally, this, like, totally fits with his canon personality.
** Hong Kong, especially in ''Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010'', has a tendency to do this as well.[Although not quite to the same extent as Poland.]

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[[folder: Like, Comic Books ]]

* This is how the legionary who's, like, disguised as a rattle-seller talks in the, y'know, English translation of ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}} and Son''.
* In Issue #3 of the ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'', hippy pony Flax Seed always says "like" every other word. It's even lampshaded by Rarity and his annoyed wife, Wheat Grass.
* Toola from ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' says "like" almost anytime she speaks as part of her ValleyGirl personality.

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[[folder: Like, Literature ]]

* This is a common feature of Nadsat speak in ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', though its usage isn't exactly the same as it would be in normal teen speech.
* Creator/DaveBarry has like a column where he like explains that teenagers talk like this to like check that they still have the full attention of like whoever they're like talking to.
* You mean, like a Creator/CarlHiaasen crime novel where the annoyed body guard tries to work out this tic out of his assigned client with a cattle zapper?

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[[folder: Like, Live Action TV ]]

* Chav characters are portrayed as doing this ''a lot''. [[Series/LittleBritain For instance, Vicky Pollard]].
* The kids in ''Series/MySoCalledLife'' pretty much used "like" like, [[RuleOfThree like]], a VerbalTic. Ironically, this is one of the things the show was lauded for, as it was probably the first instance of true-to-life "teen speak" in a television show. Until then, teenagers on television usually [[MostWritersAreAdults spoke exactly like adults]], except with gratuitous TotallyRadical lingo thrown in.
* Neil from ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' talks like this.
* Sometimes popped up in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', mixed in with the ValleyGirl and BuffySpeak stuff.
* Totally Kyle on ''Series/TheAmandaShow''.
* This is, like, part of Maynard's whole {{beatnik}} trip on ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis''.
* One gag on ''ModernFamily'' has Haley and a friend of hers sitting in the back of the car while Claire is driving. Haley is sprinkling "likes" into her sentences like she's overusing a salt shaker and Claire gets annoyed enough to ask her to stop saying "Like". Cue Haley throwing a fit and screaming "YOU'RE EMBARRASSING MEEEEEE!"

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[[folder: Like, Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'', April does this.

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[[folder: Like, Video Games ]]

* Ini Miney talks like this in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. Though later it's revealed that [[spoiler: [[ObfuscatingStupidity she's doing it on purpose]].]]
* Lovrina of ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' is a variation; she doesn't use like as a comma, but inserts "so" into her sentences often enough that it almost reaches VerbalTic levels. Plus, she's not dim ''at all'', being the [[EvilGenius head researcher]] of [[TheSyndicate Cipher]].
* Used by the kogal Yuka Ayase in the [[UpdatedRerelease PSP version]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}''.
* Kurow in ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'' sometimes does this.
* Due to the game's many verbal tics, Marcy of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has this for variation.
* Used extensively by the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Sorority Orcs]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', complete with use of question marks to complete all statements.
* In ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 2'', Barbara Bimbo randomly inserts "like" and "you know" into her sentences at random, even in places where this would be unnatural for most speakers. This results in her accidentally naming Larry as the winner of the Dating Connection game, since her odd speaking patterns cause the host to misunderstand the word "too" as "two" (i.e., contestant #2).

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[[folder: Like, Web Original ]]

* Taylor Mali did a hilarious piece about this called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azu8XWcHzFM Like Lily Like Wilson]].
* Aquerna (Anna Parsons) of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is fourteen, and narrates her own stories. They're, like, full of adventures and stuff.
* In the LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', Ferr jokes that the Like-Like was named by a teenage girl from California.
* [[Music/{{Metallica}} Lars Ulrich]] is depicted this way in ''WebAnimation/NapsterBad''; even his very first line is "Like, good afternoon!"
* Cecil, smooth-voiced community radio reporter and grown man, on ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' sometimes peppers his speech with gratuitous use of the word "like" when he's rambling off-topic. Especially about his {{Love Interest|s}}.
-->Well, to the point: Carlos called, and I’m like, ‘Hellooo?’ Like I don’t even have caller ID, and he’s like ‘I need to talk to you. This is important.’ And I’m like, ‘Ummm, okay.’
* Trisha of ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms'' is infamous for this on top of her ValleyGirl speak.

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[[folder: Like, Western Animation ]]

* Shaggy from ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' does this a lot. In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', Velma is trying to make him stop. Creator/HarlanEllison drew attention to this trait.
** In ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'', it's revealed that everyone in Shaggy's family does this.
** Shaggy was in large part an {{expy}} of Maynard G. Krebs from ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis'', who was way ahead of the curve on this one.
* Kitty 'Shadowcat' Pryde from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' talks like this. Occasionally it gets to the point where her teammates can barely even understand her.
* Cranked to the max in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' when some of Numbuh 3's friends ask her [[EveryoneCanSeeIt whether she likes Numbuh 4]], and she responds, "You mean, like... '''''[[UpToEleven like]]''''' ''[[UpToEleven like]]'' [[UpToEleven like, like?.. like?]]"
* For her first couple of appearances in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' Eris talked like this before she switched to a British accent.
* Sissy from ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn''.
* The Ashleys from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* Mark Chang from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
* WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead do this, like, constantly.
* Whittany and Brittany, the Biskit Twins, from ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'', are, like, huge offenders of this trope.
* Trina Riffin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}''.
* Shirley the Loon from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', like, regularly talks like this.

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[[folder: Like, Real Life ]]

* [[UsefulNotes/NorthEastEngland Geordies]], like. Amusingly, that's about all Southerners can often translate from Geordie.
* Most American teenagers, black or white, male or female. Like: It's Not Just For, Like, Dumbass {{Valley girl}}s Anymore!
** But English teachers will still, like, freak out over it so like, try to like, censor yourself.
** This ESL teacher has seen it in textbooks as an example of slang - considering the many different meanings "like" can have, it makes sense to teach it even if it's linguistically undesirable.
** Like, you can have lots of fun by, like, listening to other students try to, like, give an oral report and, like, count the number of times they, like, say "like." Six, by the way.
** Many American adults (particularly those under 50) also do this, albeit not to that extreme.
* It's like, also like, really common with like, certain British subcultures like. For some, like, this sentence would, like, be an exaggeration, like. But, like, for others, like, it's like, totally not though, right, innit though.
* Y'know, like, Cork people, boy.
* Ow. Welcome to UsefulNotes/{{Wales}}, like, but.
* The exact German equivalent, BTW, would be "Digger" (not gold or grave, but "fatso", literarily). The word was also likened (no pun intended) to a youth comma.
* Caroline Kennedy's (Yes, ''those'' [[JohnFKennedy Kennedys]]) fledgling political career was killed[[note]]Not entirely, since she was appointed US Ambassador to Japan in November 2013, proving once more that in politics it's not what you know but who you know[[/note]] before it began when she gave a slightly incoherent 30-minute interview where she managed to use the phrase "you know" 168 times (a bit over once every 11 seconds). She was roundly mocked in the news and her words were published verbatim with all the pauses and the misspeaking intact (usually, interviews are "cleaned up" before publication), which made her look like an idiot.
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