Jerry Seinfeld was really upset about Neil Genzlinger’s recent piece about the “R” word. So Seinfeld penned an awesome letter to the editor, calling Neil’s piece “vacuous” and that Neil “crumbled a civilization”:
Really, Neil? Really? You’re upset about too many people saying, “Really?”? I mean, really.
O.K., fine, when it’s used in scripted media, it is a little lazy. But comedy writers are lazy. You’re not fixing that.
So, here’s the bottom line.
If you’re a writer, fine, don’t use it. But in conversation it is fun to say.
I did a “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update” segment titled “Really!?!” with Seth Meyers a few years ago. It was a blast and the audience loved it.
Your example with the girl in the office and the bad clothes? It is definitely much more fun to look at her and just say, “Really?” than to actually talk about the stupid outfit. Really, it is.
What I do not say or write, as you did in the part about responses to Einstein’s theories, is “wrap my head around it.”
Are you kidding? No, no, no, Neil. No sir.
Hilarious. And an instant classic.