I have a speech impediment. It is not a lisp, or a stutter, or a habit of swallowing letters or softening r's into aaahr's. I have a problem that can best be described as Angela Chase Syndrome.
Observe the affliction in action, will you?
Much like Angela Chase, I can not, like, get through like, a sentence, without like, adding the word like, about like 9 million times, or whatever. It has gotten to the point where I can't even type without adding "likes" into the sentences, in order to convey a proper speech pattern, a sense of timing, a type of personality or some such. "Like" is the worst of it, but it is not the only issue: "you know," "goes" (as in, "So she goes, blah blah,") and "right?" are all repeat offenders as well.
It can be a blessing and a curse: I tend to think in pictures, and it often takes me a second to catch up with my brain, so "like" and "you know" give me a few extra seconds to access the words to describe what I'm trying to say. But at the same time, I recognize that it doesn't appear that way on the outside: it often sounds like I'm 15 years old and like, kind of like, stupid, or something, you know?
I know I'm not alone on this one: the conversations I have with women my age are filled with likes, you knows, whatevers, etc. It just a normalized way of speaking at this point, though as I get older, I am starting to realize that speaking in Angela Chase mode is off-putting and irritating, to the point where I cringe as soon as a "like" or "you know" escapes my mouth. I suppose there are worse things one might have to deal with: the dreaded baby voice, for example, that leads so many women to begin a conversation with, "Hi-yeeee!" and end it with "Think yaaauwwww, mmmbyee! (thank you, bye)." And, of course, there's that obnoxious mode of speaking wherein people insist? Upon ending all of their sentences? In a question? Even though they aren't actually asking a question?