A few of my fellow teachers and I are on a crusade against the misuse of the words “like,” “sorta,” and “kinda.” The goal of “The Movement,” as we are calling it, is to combat what historian David McCullough calls “verbal diarrhea” in one’s conversations. We think of ourselves as fiber for the teenage vernacular.
Last week, we were interviewed by the school paper regarding our cause. As teachers who desire to show as well as tell, we thought it might be a good idea to suggest what famous speeches of the past might sound like in teenspeak. Below is the short list we submitted (feel free to add your own in the comments):
- “I, like, think, therefore, I am…sorta.” Descartes
- “Blessed are, like, the meek, for they will kinda inherit the earth.” Jesus of Nazareth
- “The only thing we have to fear, kinda, is like, fear itself.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- “I kinda have a dream, sorta.” Martin Luther King Jr.
- “Mr. Gorbachev, like, tear down this wall.” Ronald Reagan
- “The, like, only thing I can kinda offer is, like, blood, sweat, toil, and, like, tears.” Winston Churchill