Word Confusion: Nope, It’s Not As You Like It!

Posted June 4, 2012 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Revised as of 15 February 2018

Well, we all, like, you know, know, that like is, like, really abused, ya know—like that. There are even subtle abuses between as and like. At least, they are subtle, ya know?

It’s always practical to understand the difference when using as or like, especially when writing a dialect or when creating a character through dialogue. Like is informal, casual, and accepted in casual speech…or informal writing *grin*.

As is the proper word to use in formal writing. Or if your character is formal.

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.

As Like
Credit to: English for Students; Quick and Dirty Tips

Sandwich board proclaiming they have beer as cold as your ex's heart

“Hurts Like Heaven” by Treasssure is under the CC BY 2.0 license, via VisualHunt

That’s what I like to say, a proper “as…as”

A square icon of a thumb pointing up

“QS Icon for Like” by AleXXw is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A QS-Icon for like.

Part of Grammar:
Adverb Preposition
As (“as”, “as if”, “as though”) usually introduces a more complex clause that contains a verb Use to point out similarities, although “such” is probably more suitable.

Never use to introduce a clause and do not use as a conjunction!

It’s as if my cousin thinks he is Batman.

My neighbor yelled as though he had seen a banshee.

My brother is as tall as my father.

Like As I told you earlier,

It looks like as if it’s going to snow

Johnson kept looking out the window like as though he had someone waiting for him.

My brother can’t play the piano like as he did before the accident.

It’s like as if I’m looking at my twin.

The college has several highly regarded neighbors, such as the Mark Twain House, St. Francis Hospital, the Connecticut Historical Society, and the UConn Law School.

My cousin looks like Batman.

My neighbor yelled like a banshee.

My brother is tall like my father.

This community college is like a two-year liberal arts college.

History of the Word:
Late-18th century  

C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?

Pinterest Photo Credits

As U Like It, a 2006 poster is a digital capture derivation from the VHS or DVD cover by Malo and is in a fair-use size, via Wikipedia.

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