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Happy 2010! Time to stop saying "Really?!"

Posted 01-04-2010 at 10:14 AM by Kragg

2010! My first blog post of the new decade!

So what's on my mind right now? Well, it seems Lake Superior University has updated their "banished words list" for 2009, but I want to throw my hat into the ring on this one as well.

"Really? REALLY?!" was what I heard Kelly Ripa say over my work break while suffering through the cess pool that is daytime television. Thus rang the death knell for this overused phrase. If something is used on "Live with Regis and Kelly" it is no longer funny. So for the sake of comedy, much like a sick family pet, let the phrase die a respectable death. Don't continue to use it and make it suffer. Please?

A combination of the internets super highway and SNL Weekend Update launched repeatedly saying "really?" in an ascending pitch to super stardom sometime in mid 2009. Much like portmanteaus "chillax" and "bromance". The fact that something was made slightly popular by SNL is enough to warrant being careful of it's overuse. I personally fell prey to overusing "like a boss" this year, so don't worry, it happens to the best of us.

To help ween you off of this now unfunny phrase, simply follow these rules.

1. Always preface the word really with the word "oh".

2. Practice saying "oh really?" repeatedly in the privacy of your home, where you can monitor your pitch. If you find yourself going steadily higher with repetition you may need to purchase an auto-tuner or pitch pipe from your local music store to avoid further embarrassment.

3. Last, but not least, if you're on the internet and feel as though you're about to use "really?!" then simply do a quick google search and make the choice to post a pic of the O RLY? Owl.
This is the correct option as the O RLY Owl remains fucking hilarious through repeated usage. Especially when he is wearing a monocle or wizard hat.

So there you have it everyone. Steps to have you free of this annoyingly overused phrase and on your way to a happier, healthier, and more original new year! Really.

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