20-ish woman: Why do they call it wait­ing on line in­stead of wait­ing in line? Is that like a New York thing? Is that like call­ing it smok­ing up in­stead of smok­ing out?

–58th & Park

Over­heard by: marisa

Guy: Well, I think ab­sent-mind­ed means more like… Uh… Like…

–Broad­way & Wa­ver­ly

Fu­ture lawyer chick: Wait… So that’s the re­but­tal? Re­but­tal? Is that a word? Or is the word ‘coun­ter­ar­gu­ment’? Or am I just mak­ing up words?

–LSAT class, Coop­er Square

Four-year-old girl to lit­tle boy who spoke in Span­ish: I don’t speak your Eng­lish!

–Clare­mont Park, Bronx

Over­heard by: ClaR­i­ty

JAP to boyfriend: I don’t want any­thing that I can’t, like, pro­nounce right now.

–St Mark’s falafel dis­trict