Ooh, Baby, You Know What I’m Like
Posted by Neal on April 5, 2004
Doug, age 5, routinely says things like this (and has been doing so for a couple of years):
He was like, “Why’d you do that?” That’s what he was like, Daddy.
Now I am a fluent user of the like of reported speech or thought, and will often utter sentences like the first one in (1). But the second one? No way. At least, not with this meaning of like. For me, what he was like can only mean “what he was similar to” or “what kind of person he was.”