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I heard Muffy whatshername interviewed on NPR yesterday about her article on "like."
In response to a question she acknowledged that the usage is pretty much confined to an age range and that adults use the construction only in limited circumstances. (And I remember using "like" the same way when I was a teen mumblety years ago.)
I suspect instant message speak will be with us for a while but that it, too, will remain confined to a particular subculture and age group rather than having a major influence on the way adults speak and write. Sure, there will be effects at the margins: advertisers will pick up particular spellings or locutions and they will creep into general usage. But I don't think standard usage is going away anytime soon.
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