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Thursday, August 03, 2006

It's, Like, Preferred

James Kilpatrick excoriates The New York Times for using "like" over the preferred "such as". (Trivia: the usage actually became popular after R.J. Reynolds used it in an advertising slogan in the 1950s: "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should". Bad grammar then; bad grammar now.)


  • I am not sure about "Winston tastes good like a good cigarette should" being bad grammar.

    "Such as" should be used for enumerating examples; using "like" in its place is bad grammar.

    But "like" is used for comparison and the example you provided is pretty much a text book example of its use.

    Am I wrong ?

    By Anonymous Antc, at 12:02 AM  

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