Neil Genzlinger wrote an article for the New York Times about the overuse of the word ‘really’ on television. None other than Jerry Seinfeld wrote a letter to the editor expressing his dismay for the piece.
Your Critic’s Notebook column about the overuse of the term “Really?” was so deeply vacuous that I couldn’t help but feel that you have stepped into my area of expertise.
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.