by monolog

Mama recently got me the Fourth Edition American Heritage Dictionary to be my ever-present companion this school year. She and Papa each had one in college and found them to be invaluable (which is evident by the current condition of Mama’s First Edition red cover.) I have already found mine very helpful. There are many, many times I’ve wanted to look up the definition of a word or find out its etymology, and now it brings such satisfaction to discover that I’ve actually remembered to bring my new 21st century-looking 8×5 American Heritage with me all the way out here under the tree to help with a literature assignment.

On the back…

“This new American Heritage is more suited to our national character than any other previous dictionary.” –The New York Times Book Review

…Newly updated to reflect our changing language, this revised edition…

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-idiom: be like Informal
To say And he’s like, “Leave me alone!”
(See Usage Note at go)

-idiom: be all Informal
To say He’s all, “What did you do that for?”
(See Usage Note at go)

Usage: Many speakers now use go in informal conversation to report speech, as in Then he goes, “You think you’re real smart don’t you?” This usage is much like that of the quotation introducers be all and be like, although these constructions can also be used to express statements that sum up an attitude, as in He’s all, “No way!” By contrast, go is largely restricted to realating dialouge in the present tense narration.

I’ve often like wondered about how they were going about explain this like…mutation of our language when they finally like admitted these usages into the dictionary. Well, they actually went to the trouble. I was betting they’d put, ‘Usage: Go ask the nearest 13 year old.’