Justin Bieber, America's latest pop sensation. It seems like so many people have a caught the "Bieber fever." From tween girls to middle aged moms, Justin Bieber has an abundance of fans from all over the world. Above, I have posted a clip of an interview Justin Bieber did with Jay Leno. Leno and Bieber discuss his upcoming projects and the other typical interview topics. Below it, I have also posted a clip that tallies Bieber saying "like" 63 times during the interview. If you watched this interview without hearing anything about it first, what would you think? Let's examine the context. He's just shy of 17 years old, he is not an adult, and probably does not have his high school diploma yet. Personally, I am not at all surprised by anything said by Bieber. A good number of Americans today say like very often in daily conversation. This fact does not justify "like" being used in an excessive fashion, but as annoying as it may be the word is commonly used in many casual conversations. Let's examine the circumstances. Jay Leno is a talk show legend so Bieber's nerves may have contributed to his use of the word. In addition, Bieber was getting interviewed not giving a speech. If Bieber was giving a prepared speech to an audience, his frequent use of the word would be inappropriate, but not in the interview setting. In many instances, Bieber was discussing things he actually likes. How many synonyms of the word "like" can one person be expected to come up with on the spot. Many of the times Bieber did use the word excessively, but under the circumstances he did not do anything out of ordinary. I am in no way justifying the frequent use of the word "like," but give the poor boy a break. I think that Americans should be focusing their energy on more important issues. I wouldn't say I have the Bieber fever, but I definitely enjoy his music and am listening to it as I speak.
Okay, so Justin Bieber says "like" a lot, does it really matter?
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