(MRN) Those who begin and end their sentences with the word “like” are more likely to come off as less intelligent, according to researchers at Michigan State University.

MSU researcher Ashley Hesson co-authored a study that examined a listener’s impression of someone who uses like to start a sentence or a clause. She says listeners viewed those who frequently use the word “like” as less intelligent and friendly.

She says the study also shows that just as you have discrimination based on race, age, and gender, there can also be language-based discrimination.