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May 24, 2016


I would argue that it's the misuse (like in many other things) of this term that is the more egregious error. "I feel like" can be a way of identifying something that IS subjective, but nonetheless important. "I feel like gay marriage is wrong" is an example of poor reasoning. But "I feel like you are calling me an idiot" is completely legitimate.

However, I'm guessing that many (most?) people use it in the previous sense. It's a LOT easier and you don't have to admit you're wrong.

"I feel like" Ms. Worthen is almost there but stopped short of the destination of her train of thought. Couching our thoughts in subjective language reflects the essential relativeness of our culture. Subjectivity is affirming; objectivity is demanding. The latter insists there is something outside of me that warrants my attention and I have no real power to deny its reality. I cannot be autonomous before it. But in a culture that increasingly encourages us to make up our own reality, I can be master of my perceptions.

People have been saying, "I feel like," for at least 20 years or more because I remember people saying that when I was in highschool. When people in my neighborhood say that, they mean the same thing as, "I think. . ." I doubt most people mean anything subjective by the phrase. They just mean they have a hunch that something is true, but they can't necessarily put their finger on why. I don't see anything wrong with a person being provisional in their statements, especially when they really are uncertain or can't necessarily prove their claim.

I feel like throwing up when I hear like overused.

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