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NYT COLUMNIST: Stop Saying 'I Feel Like!'

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A New York Times columnist is taking issue with what some have seen as a growing trend of beginning sentences with the phrase, "I feel like...."

In her column, "Stop Saying 'I Feel Like,'" Molly Worthen of the New York Times writes that the phrase signals a change in American thought, from a tendency toward objective thought and reasoning, to subjective uncertainty.

IN American politics, few forces are more powerful than a voter’s vague intuition. “I support Donald Trump because I feel like he is a doer,” a senior at the University of South Carolina told Cosmopolitan. “Personally, I feel like Bernie Sanders is too idealistic,” a Yale student explained to a reporter in Florida. At a Ted Cruz rally in Wisconsin in April, a Cruz fan declared, “I feel like I can trust that he will keep his promises.

These people don’t think, believe or reckon. They 'feel like.' Listen for this phrase and you’ll hear it everywhere, inside and outside politics. This reflex to hedge every statement as a feeling or a hunch is most common among millennials. But I hear it almost as often among Generation Xers and my own colleagues in academia. As in so many things, the young are early carriers of a broad cultural contagion.

She continues:

"Languages constantly evolve, and curmudgeons like me are always taking umbrage at some new idiom," Worthen writes. "But make no mistake: 'I feel like' is not a harmless tic. George Orwell put the point simply: 'If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.' The phrase says a great deal about our muddled ideas about reason, emotion and argument -- a muddle that has political consequences."

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