Idiomatic like is, like, complex

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From an Our Living Language note on the defintion of the word “like” A on the American Heritage Dictionary:

If a woman says “I’m like, ‘Get lost buddy!’” she may or may not have used those actual words to tell the offending man off. In fact, she may not have said anything to him but instead may be summarizing her attitude at the time by stating what she might have said, had she chosen to speak.

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