Stephen Mulraney wrote: > A similar strategy which is used in Ireland - The verb "go" : > > So I went "can I put the lid on it?" > And she went "no, it'll ruin it" > And I went "that's crap" > > Can be used in any tense, as far I can tell. It seems so natural and > obvious to me > that I'm not sure if it *is* particular to Irish speech. Maybe all of > youse say it too? Nup---as far as I know, 'be like' and 'go' gained a similar meaning (or at least popularity) at a similar time. I don't hear either all that often amongst my peers of roughly twenty-to-twenty-five-year-old Victorians. Or perhaps I hear it all the time and I think of it as so natural that I don't pay any attention to it. I can remember it being common a few years back, though. 'Go' is probably more common than 'be like', though. On the other hand, I can't remember people retelling conversations with quotes very often like that, so it may be that they're really common amongst people who do that, but the people I speak to don't... -- Tristan.