I was, like, having lunch in the company cafeteria today while working on, like, a presentation, when two coworkers (I have like no idea who they are) sat in a booth like right next to me! One of them was like speaking very animatedly about, like, a non-work topic, in like typical Valleyspeak, which this sentence tries to like, ironically illustrate.
The other person was listening and seldom saying anything. (Probably slightly irritated?)
I didn't do anything in this situation, but I am worried that this is exactly what everyone else in my situation has done (inaction), leaving the coworker unaware of her speech patter, which to many, conveys negative associations, and is generally considered irritating. Our workplace does have resources for communication improvement (e.g. Business communication courses, Toastmasters meetings where there's a special attendant pointing out filler words etc.). Valleyspeaker could become a better communicator, and a better coworker. Of course, it's also possible that she was able to instantly switch to using regular English in a less casual situation.
How could I have acted in this situation in order to understand if she was aware of her overuse of the word "like", and point to the communication resources at our workplace, without being perceived as harassing? Or should I have not even tried? I genuinely wanted to help.
For context, Valleyspeaker was female, which made me extra cautious about any sort of unsolicited contact, given the sensitive nature of these matters in California and the US in general.