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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'''
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* ''I feel like the auxiliary is affecting the choice, but I
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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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