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Subject: Uses of 'I feel like' - same as ever or recent mass diffusion of a marked form?
Question: Hello -- I've recently begun to notice the use of a phrase that could be quite old, but strikes me as relatively new - at least in its penetration in the American English that I hear in person here in Washington, DC, as well as on television among people from many regions of the country (and I believe Canada, too). Though perhaps in error, I take the following uses of the phrase ''I feel like'' as standard: -- ''I feel like [verb]-ing'' (E.g., ''I feel like swimming.'' ''I feel like seeing a movie.'') -- ''I feel like a/n/the [noun]'' (E.g., ''I feel like an idiot.'' ''I feel like the guy in that movie.'') Uses of the following form, however, have become marked to my ear: * ''I feel like there are a number of 'elephants in the room''' http://linguistlist.org/ask-ling/message-details2.cfm? asklingid=200441365 * ''I feel like the auxiliary is affecting the choice, but I can't explain how it is doing this'' http://linguistlist.org/ask- ling/message-details2.cfm?asklingid=200461385 I don't exactly know how to label the latter form. A more accessible synonym for the lawyerly throat-clearing, or hedging, ''my sense is'' preceding a claim? Something else? And as mentioned earlier, it strikes me as a usage not heard to nearly the same degree even 5 years ago - but this could easily be availability bias. (Have also tried to audit my own speech, but unsurprisingly haven't caught myself uttering this, though for all I know I use it regularly.) Thoughts folks might have would be appreciated. JDP
From: Doug Pennington (U. Cincinnati linguistics, 2002)
Date: 30-Jul-2013
Replies:
  1. Re: Uses of 'I feel like' - same as ever or recent mass diffusion of a marked form?    Susan D Fischer     (31-Jul-2013)
  2. Re: Uses of 'I feel like' - same as ever or recent mass diffusion of a marked form?    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (04-Aug-2013)
  3. Re: Uses of 'I feel like' - same as ever or recent mass diffusion of a marked form?    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (31-Jul-2013)

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