(Routers) Today the OED Prepublication Committee announced that the word "said" is now considered outmoded and archaic. It will be replaced in primary usage by the word "like" in its past and indefinite form of "was like". Some examples from the usage section of the definitional change sections:
Jim said, "What day is it?"
Jill said, "When are we going to the mall?"
Jim was like, "What day is it?"
Jill was like, "When are we going to the mall?"I am disconcerted by this change as I had become used to said in all its forms. It was bad enough living in LA during the peak of the Valley Girl phase, but now to have it be considered proper usage is sad.
I've got to go be depressed. Carry on.
For those who are a bit slow on the uptake, this is just me getting in practice for the upcoming April 1 event.
Yes, I'm joking about "said".