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November 11, 2005


There's a running joke in my family about teenagers who use the word "like," like, every other, like, word. My kids have been known to do this, in moderation, but my youngest points it out whenever either of his siblings falls into the trap.

Today being a federal holiday -- Veterans' Day, for those of you outside the U.S. -- I went to a parents' open house at the Jewish school my youngest attends. I sat in on his (modern) Hebrew class and discovered that the 13- and 14-year-olds in that class really, like, like Hebrew, in this sense:

V'achshav, like, zeh, like, ha-davar ha-gadol, like . . .

Well, you get the, like, idea, whether or not you know Hebrew.