For about ten years we had to endure the word "LIKE" in every sentence uttered by anyone under twenty.
"LIKE" (which used mean "similar to" or "to have some affection for") is now a meaningly syllable interposed between otherwise (hopefully) meaningful information. For example:
"LIKE, we went to Arris' Pizza and saw these guys and they were LIKE really awesome, so we LIKE started taliking to them and we found out they were LIKE from Wardsville."
Some extra words to give immature minds a chance to catch up with what's coming out of their mouths.Not a completely bad thing. Annoying but not rude.
But there us new linguistic trend that not just a filler. It is preemptive and arrogant. Allow me to call out the phrase:
Note there is no comma or pause between these three rounds. They are fired like the triple tap they teach in conceal and carry classes. Pull the trigger three times and assess the target.
This three word jab is used any time a young person thinks he or she knows exactly what you're going to say, and he's has analyzed it, researched it, and your attempt to speak the next sentence is cut off without debate because he knows more about the topic than you can ever know.
Young people are so used to interjecting this rude interruption that they think nothing of it. Some pretty sophisticated people have adopted the habit. Sorry, but I have concluded it is observable mostly in young females but not exlusively so. It trended from snobs on the east coast but it's now prevalent here in flyover country.
So just stop.
Use little restraint with your verbal arsenal
and overstuffed ego.