I've lived in the North-East of England for over 10 years now but I always wondered about this particular usage of the word "like". For years I have heard countless sentences or questions that sound like:
"Are you all right like?" "I've been to ... and it's pretty good like"
I have learnt to use it not by literal understanding but rather the context and I know it can't be translated into other languages.
Has anybody got any idea where it came from? Are you from other part of England and use it just like the Geordies? (it's only my assumption it occurs in the North-East and nowhere else)