Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough gave the Boston College class of 2008 some good advice about the spoken word in his commencement address on March 19. The author of “John Adams” said he’s particularly troubled by the “relentless, wearisome use of words” such as like, awesome and actually.

Please, please do what you can to cure the verbal virus that seems increasingly rampant among your generation. 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.