Historian David McCullough admonished the graduates of Boston College regarding their use of like, and other verbal gaffs.
“Please, please do what you can to cure the verbal virus that seems increasingly rampant among your generation,” he said, slamming the “relentless, wearisome use of words” such as like, awesome and actually.
“Just imagine if in his inaugural address John F. Kennedy had said, ‘Ask not what your country can, you know, do for you, but what you can, like, do for your country actually.’ ”
One that really bugs me, that is not limited to younger people (if they do it at all), is the speaker who, uh, carries, uh, on, uh, speaking, uh, seemingly without the, uh, ability to, uh, speak a single, uh, sentence, without interjecting, uh, an uh. The people who do this should either stop and pause to avoid the verbal vomit (a little silence is golden), or, if they're unable to do this, sit down or relenquish the podium.