- “So my teacher zlike: Where’s your homework? And I mlike: Sorry, Miss, I left my book at home. And she zlike: That’s unacceptable! And I mlike: Yes, Miss, but …”
- “So we say to the other team, You’re cheating! And they rlike, No we’re not. And we rlike, Yes you are – we saw you!”
The items mlike, zlike and rlike represent a modern example of the gap between written and spoken English and of inconsistencies in our writing conventions. Since it is the combination of the last s of she’s (pronounced “z”) and the word like that replaces say and its variants, and not like by itself, it would, strictly speaking, be wrong to write “She’s like …”, since like is no longer a separate word here. Which makes my (somewhat zany?) spelling the more accurate option!
I must admit: I find mlike, rlike and zlike quite cool, like, and like it or not, they are here to stay – for at least another like 100 years!