I have recently been introduced to the incisive writings of Mr. Craig Brown of The Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/craigbrown/3614440/Way-of-the-world.html) in which he says, “The spoken substitute for the exclamation mark is the adjective ‘surreal’, generally accompanied by ‘totally’.”
I feel I have developed a sense of kinship with Mr. Brown (unbeknown to him of course) in our antipathy for verbally indolent dunderheads who mindlessly drop hackneyed adjectives such as “surreal” and “awesome” into their drivel.
I agree with Craig when he says “Every tale seems to end with the phrase, ‘it was, like, totally surreal’, and the duller the tale, the more ‘toadly sureeyaw’ it is said to have been.”
How profoundly gratifying it would be, therefore, when hearing some vacuous tart informing us, for example, that Desperate Housewives is just like toadly ahsome, to know that an arrest would soon be made and the perpetrator summarily despatched. I think the idea just like totally has merit, don’t you?