Book cover of Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English by Valerie Fridlandby Valerie Fridland

“With easygoing authority… [Fridland] offers context, and a welcoming spirit, to the many contentious realignments in our language.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Smart and funny—I loved it!” —Mignon Fogarty, author of 
New York Times bestseller Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

A lively linguistic exploration of the speech habits we love to hate—and why our “like”s  and “literally”s actually make us better communicators

Paranoid about the “ums” and “uhs” that pepper your presentations? Concerned that people notice your vocal fry? Bewildered by “hella” or the meteoric rise of “so”?  What if these features of our speech weren’t a sign of cultural and linguistic degeneration, but rather, some of the most dynamic and revolutionary tools at our disposal?

Interview with the Author

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Why Language is Always Changing with Valerie Fridland
6/14/23             63 min

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#630 – Valerie Fridland – Why Is Everyone Saying ‘Like’ and ‘Um’ All The Time?
5/20/23            77 min

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342. Valerie Fridland — Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English
4/22/23           122 min

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The Surprising Benefits of ‘Bad’ English: Lessons from Linguistics Expert Valerie Fridland
4/24/23           70 min

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Valerie Fridland: English evolves, like it or not
4/17/23            42 min

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Valerie Fridland (on linguistics)
7/6/23             119 min

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