Posts Tagged ‘like’

… Someone Like You …

No, not the movie (although that was a funny role for Hugh Jackman) …

We came across this job posting in the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman (newspaper) classifieds, and it reminded us of a post from last month:

Like, totally … NOT

This listing also reminded us of the “Uncle Sam” U.S. Army posters from the 1940s. These messages were directly and effectively targeted. They were unambiguous, to say the least. There was no doubt that Uncle Sam wanted Y-O-U! Not someone like you. Not your friends. Not your family. Not your referrals. YOU!

So, we ask, why would a company who, we believe, really wants you, advertise that they need someone “like you” ?

We don’t get it …

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someone like you

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At a friend’s urging, we have added a new category: GrammarGrave for those grammar issues that may no longer be worth pressing.

We will, hesitantly, add to this category as our language evolves (whether we like it or not).

Please stay tuned, and, submit your candidates for burial.

Currently with the morticians:

none” as singular (originated as a contraction for not one). See our earlier post (and comments) “Accepted through misuse

lay” vs. “lie” as to be in a horizontal or recumbent position, or to recline. See our earlier post: “Lie like a rug …

like” vs. “such as” or “as though.” See our earlier post: “Like, totally … NOT

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On eBay: “Product pages for popular items like CDs, DVDs, video cameras, and cell phones.” Should be: such as

We prefer “such as” in cases such as this … what is an item that is like a CD? Maybe a record? What is an item that is like a cell phone? Maybe a PDA? How about saying there is a sale on brand names like “Polo” and “Anne Klein?” What are brands that are like those? If one means to say that the brands “Polo” and “Anne Klein” are on sale, then it should be expressed without the word “like!” For instance, “There is a sale on brand names such as “Polo” and “Anne Klein.”

Now, we may have more blog posts like this (because they will be similar in nature), however, you’ll never see us drinking anything like Dr. Pepper … we always drink soda such as Dr. Pepper because there’s nothing like it!!!

Send us your observations of this, like, totally, screwball usage of the word “like.” Had you ever thought about it before?

BTW, this post is for Jeff!

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