I thought the words "like" and "hang out" were references to facebook's "like" and google's "hang out". What do the native speakers think? -- 188.8.131.52 (talk) 07:56, 5 December 2012 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- Not in this case- here they're just being used as the everyday terms that facebook and google co-opted. -- 184.108.40.206 (talk) 08:12, 5 December 2012 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- Native speaker here: there doesn't seem to be anything distinctive about the use of 'like' and 'hang out' in this comic to indicate they might be references. -- 220.127.116.11 (talk) 10:33, 5 December 2012 (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)
- The words aren't out of place otherwise, so it just might be a (big) coincidence. I still find it likely to be true. 18.104.22.168 11:18, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
- Another native speaker here. You typically would not "hang out" – in real life – with people you don't "like" – as in you like your friends. There's nothing in the comic to make me think there's any connection with Facebook or Google+. 22.214.171.124 11:44, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
This native speaker agrees. The dialog is ordinary informal American English. That's why facebook and Google hijacked the words. Facebook and Google want to be seen as informal and idiomatic institutions.