Historian David McCullough was the commencement speaker at Boston College’s 2008 Graduation. He gave a truly awesome speech that I think you all, in particular, would appreciate.
I haven’t read any of David McCullough’s books, but I saw him on The Daily Show and thought he sounded awesome. (I’ve been meaning to read more history and fill in the gaps in my education. Considering that I now work right by Borders, I will probably buy one. I’m already averaging buying 1.5 books per week.)
Here is the best quote from his speech:
And please, please, do what you can to cure the verbal virus that seems increasingly rampant among your generation. I’m talking about the relentless, wearisome use of the words, “like,” and “you know,” and “awesome,” and “actually.” Listen to yourselves as you speak.
Just imagine if in his inaugural address John F. Kennedy had said, “Ask not what your country can, you know, do for you, but what you can, like, do for your country actually.”
Word, man. Word.