I like to use "like" as a quotative for non-literal speech (and non-literal speech in general), speech that no one has said but might have said if given the opportunity.
This is a useful expressive tool but I'm nervous that other people might think I'm attributing speech to people when they didn't actually say it.
I went so see him yesterday and he was like, "why didn't you just do it yourself, loser?"
Is this "speech" always metaphorical?
(I'm quite aware that use of "like" as a quotative is controversial, so comments to this effect in any answers might be superfluous or unnecessary.)