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A literary history of the strange expression ‘what is it like?’: A straightforward question that changed its function and took universal hold

  • Anne Seaton

Much serious linguistic attention is at present focused on recent and ever more extraordinary developments in the use of the ubiquitous like. In this article I want to take a more light-hearted look at the journey of what is it like? as a way of asking for a description.

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Library of the Future. 1997. CD-ROM, 4th edn. World Library Inc.
Literature Online. Online at <> (Accessed June 2014).
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English Today
  • ISSN: 0266-0784
  • EISSN: 1474-0567
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