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How to pass for one in the USA: the 5 most common parasitic words of Americans

These 5 words are constantly used in everyday speech by almost any American. They will come in handy if you plan to communicate with residents of the United States, reports Zen.

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It translates as "definitely".

"Definitely" is definitely a word that Americans overuse.

Americans use it to emphasize the end of a phrase. Or to agree with someone.

— Oh, that party last week was so great! (Oh, that party was great!)

— Yeah, definitely! (Yes, definitely!)


Means "literally". Americans constantly use it in the sense of "really, in fact."

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This is literally the best hamburger I've ever eaten.

It is also common to use this word in the opposite sense - with an expression that cannot be taken literally. The word "literally" in Russian, by the way, is also often used not in its "correct" meaning.
I'm literally dying of laughter


It translates as "cheerful", "very funny". Used when talking about something really hilarious.
I always think that's hilarious (I always thought it was hilarious).

Also, Americans like to use this word instead of laughter. For example, friends are talking, one joked - the second, instead of laughing, said: "That's hilarious." We also often have a similar reaction: they react to a joke not with laughter, but with the phrase “This is funny / Funny.”


This word has several meanings: “love, like”, “prefer”, “like, like”.

I really like cats. They are like living antidepressants (I really like cats. They are like living antidepressants).
However, Americans often use like as a parasitic word. In Russian, this function is performed by “as if” and “type”. Like appears when a person thinks and tries to find words, it can be repeated several times in a row.


Means "seriously".

In two years, we haven't talked seriously (We haven't talked seriously for two years).

Americans love to use this word when they get bad news. This is how they express sympathy.

- I lost my job (I lost my job).

— Seriously? Oh, that's too bad (Seriously? It's too bad).

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By the way, in Russian the word "serious" is also often used not in its direct meaning. In response to someone else's phrase "Seriously?" can mean both sympathy and "Are you kidding me?"

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