An alternate title for this post could have been “Random Thoughts on Like.” I like the title I chose better.
“Like” describes a feeling or emotion AND it means, like, so much more.
When I Googled “like,” one definition came up first. Would you like to guess which one it was?
I know some people like quick responses, so here’s the definition Google presented first:
- having the same characteristics or qualities as; similar to.“there were other suits like mine in the shop”
synonyms: similar to, the same as, identical to More
- in the manner of; in the same way or to the same degree as.“he was screaming like a banshee”
synonyms: in the same way as, in the same manner as, in the manner of, in a similar way to More
- in a way appropriate to.“students were angry at being treated like children”
- such as one might expect from; characteristic of.“just like you to put a damper on people’s enjoyment”
synonyms: characteristic of, typical of, in character with More
- used in questions to ask about the characteristics or nature of someone or something.“What is it like to be a tuna fisherman?”
- used to draw attention to the nature of an action or event.“I apologize for coming over unannounced like this”
- such as; for example.“the cautionary vision of works like Animal Farm and 1984“
synonyms: such as, for example, for instance; More
- in the same way that; as.“people who change countries like they change clothes”
- as though; as if.“I felt like I’d been kicked by a camel”nounnoun: like; plural noun: likeused with reference to a person or thing of the same kind as another.
- adjectiveadjective: like(of a person or thing) having similar qualities or characteristics to another person or thing.
- “I responded in like manner”
synonyms: similar, much the same, comparable, corresponding, resembling, alike,analogous, parallel, equivalent, cognate, related, kindred; More
- BRITISH(of a portrait or other image) having a faithful resemblance to the original.““Who painted the dog’s picture? It’s very like.””adverbadverb: like informal
- used in speech as a meaningless filler or to signify the speaker’s uncertainty about an expression just used.“there was this funny smell—sort of dusty like”
- informalused to convey a person’s reported attitude or feelings in the form of direct speech (whether or not representing an actual quotation).“so she comes into the room and she’s like “Where is everybody?””
- archaicin the manner of.“like as a ship with dreadful storm long tossed”OriginMiddle English: from Old Norse líkr ; related to alike.
- own several suits,
- scream really loudly,
- demand respect from others no matter what their age,
- use You-Statements1(“just like you to …”),
- are curious and inquisitive about others’ professions,
- apologize for their actions,
- act spontaneously,
- live in many different countries,
- have strong emotional reactions,
- are artists,
- are sensitive to smells,
- express themselves very informally without any apparent self-consciousness, and
- fish for tuna.
While I have varied reactions to all those people, I also liked, in the definition:
- the appearance of the camel
- and the dog.
Would anybody like to see what Google has for the second definition of the word “like”?
like2verbverb: like; 3rd person present: likes; past tense: liked; past participle: liked; gerund or present participle: liking
- find agreeable, enjoyable, or satisfactory.“I like all Angela Carter’s stories”
synonyms: be fond of, be attached to, have a soft spot for, have a liking for, have regard for, think well of, admire, respect, esteem; More
- indicate one’s liking or approval of (a web page or posting on a social media website) by activating a particular icon or link.“more than 15,000 Facebook users had liked his page by Monday morning”
- wish for; want.“would you like a cup of coffee?”
- used as a polite formula.“we would like to apologize for the late running of this service”
- feel reluctant to do something.“I don’t like leaving her on her own too long”
- nounnoun: like; plural noun: likes
- the things one likes or prefers.“a wide variety of likes, dislikes, tastes, and income levels”
- an instance of indicating one’s liking or approval of a web page or posting on a social media website.“pages that rank well are likely to receive high numbers of likes because they are highly visible in the search engines”OriginOld English līcian ‘be pleasing,’ of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lijken .
Now I’m thinking this: I really haven’t liked previous formatting surprises in my posts, when I’ve included large blocks of quotes, like I have here. I hope inserting these definitions of “like” hasn’t made extra busy-work for me, which I don’t like, either.
I like lists, so here’s a couple I hope you like.
#1: Things I don’t like:
- Busy work which seems unnecessary and illogical to me.
- Unexpected formatting (and other) changes to things I’ve written.
- Lack of respect or consideration for somebody else’s feelings.
- Credit not being given, where it is due.
- The way hunger interferes with my thinking process, especially when I’m trying to write.
Like, I’d like a breakfast break, now.
#2: Things I like:
- Raindrops on roses
- Whiskers on kittens
- Bright copper kettles
- Warm woolen mittens
- Bright paper packages tied up with string
Wait! That’s somebody else’s list. I don’t like using other people’s ideas like that, so let’s start again. I like:
- Flowers of all types, in any weather.
- Cats, no matter what age.
- Tea kettles, no matter what their luster or material.
- Mittens and gloves, to keep me warm when it’s cold.
- Gifts, wrapped AND opened.
That last photo shows a gift I received last week from my intern at work, Laura, who recently graduated. Laura wrote, in her card:
Which reminds me of these things I like, very much:
- People who are funny.
- People who are kind.
Speaking of people who are funny, I would like to mention, at this point, a comedian2 who told a joke I liked, many years ago:
Have you noticed how some people use the word “like” all the time, as a kind of verbal space filler? I really don’t want to see any doctor who’s going to say to me, “You have, like, cancer.”
Speaking of people who are funny and kind (like my intern), here’s somebody I met again, yesterday:
That’s Yvette (also known as Eva), who has appeared previously (without a picture) in this blog, when I was hospitalized last October. For details about how incredibly kind, helpful, and supportive she was — when she did my echocardiogram then — see this post (which includes a comment from her).
Yesterday, she was even more kind, helpful, and supportive, which I liked, very much. At the end of my cardiac stress test, we told each other, when we said “goodbye,” how much we liked each other.
After the stress test, I got the results of my sleep study from last March. The doctor told me I have mild sleep apnea, and we decided I should return for another over-night stay, to see if and how a CPAP machine might be helpful. When we were scheduling the test, yesterday, I asked, “Who’s on that night?”
They told me that Lori …
… who worked with me then, was one of three people who’d be there. I said, “I love Lori!”
So, I’ll be seeing here again, like, soon.
Thanks to Julie Andrews, Laura, the comedian who told the “like” joke,2 Yvette, Lori, people everywhere who are funny and/or kind, anybody with likes and/or dislikes, and thanks to you — of course! — for reading today.
1 I-Statements have been shown to be more effectively, interpersonally, than You-Statements. Personally, I like being effective.
2 I do like giving (and receiving) credit, but I don’t remember the name or anything else about this comedian. If anybody recognizes who this is, like, let me know.