Does it seem to anyone else that in the past few years people have been saying "I like!" in a new, playful, ungrammatical way?
I am not plugged in to popular culture so I wonder if some of you could comment on this, and, if you have noticed the same, shed some light on the origins of this idiom.
Here is the context I'm thinking of: A friend walks into a room that you just finished repainting. They exclaim: "I like...!" Or maybe they are pointing at a bracelet you are wearing.
It seems to me that ten years ago, people would have said "I like that", or some other construction, but not just "I like". Or is it just my ears?
To my ears it almost sounds like someone mocking an Asian accent, or someone speaking pidgin English.
You like? Yes, I like. You go movies with me? No, I no go.