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2012-10-02 05:01:38 PM  
This got greened. Really?
 
2012-10-02 05:07:02 PM  

Corvus: This got greened. Really?


Really.
 
2012-10-02 05:12:06 PM  
O, Rly?
 
2012-10-02 05:14:13 PM  
Seriously? It's ironic, I am literally tired of this.
 
2012-10-02 05:23:30 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: O, Rly?


Rly, rly
 
2012-10-02 05:24:01 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

Really?
 
2012-10-02 05:29:07 PM  
I prefer the much more creative, "you shiattin' me?"
 
2012-10-02 05:35:57 PM  
Fo' Realz?
 
2012-10-02 05:37:36 PM  

fusillade762: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x480]

Really?


Ha! Who doesn't love that scene?

/I have to find one of those heads for use on halloween
 
2012-10-02 05:43:23 PM  
 
2012-10-02 06:12:19 PM  
medicalcenter.osu.edu

Reah Lee
 
2012-10-02 06:16:16 PM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-10-02 06:16:45 PM  
Writing 101: write whatever it is that you're writing. Then go back and cut out every single word that ends in 'ly'. Re-read. 99 times out of 100, you didn't need that word.

Examples:

I'm very happy that you really liked your present! I seriously hoped that you would totally dig it. - No 'ly' words are needed in this sentence. In fact, they make it sound juvenile.

The idea of 'of the people, for the people, by the people' necessarily entails a democratic setting - The one 'ly' word in this sentence could be left out, if you're trying to edit for space, or it could be left in, if you think it makes a stylistic difference.

When removing the pan from the over, release the handle quickly, or you will be burned! - The 'ly' word is necessary to the meaning of the sentence. Removing it will substantively (ha!) alter the meaning of the sentence.

/ each semester, I have to give this tutorial to at least one undergrad...
 
2012-10-02 06:32:43 PM  
Sometimes I feel that the actual events of the world are so far removed from my hopes and expectations that I am forced to exclaim the rhetorical question, asking if what is real is real, as a way of pleading with reality to drop the cruel and endless charade of absurdity and simply reveal a world that both works and makes sense.

But rather than going for a mediocre and over stylized rant about existential stress suitable for a first year philosophy-psych double major, I just ask "Really?"
 
2012-10-02 08:22:42 PM  
Well, the author does kinda have a point. Our English is in the process of devolving into Valley Girl talk (like, you know, like, dude)
 
2012-10-02 08:30:36 PM  
meh
 
2012-10-02 08:33:26 PM  
Please Log In

Never mind.
 
2012-10-02 08:33:50 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
Re..e..e...e...e...e..e....eally.
 
2012-10-02 08:34:02 PM  
i48.tinypic.com

/Ya, rly
 
2012-10-02 08:34:42 PM  
An entire article about one word? Not as lame as a discussion about an article about one word.

/had to try that once to see if it felt good or something. Hmmm.... nope.
 
2012-10-02 08:36:27 PM  
An entire article about one word? Really?

i50.tinypic.com
Is it "poontang"?
 
2012-10-02 08:36:48 PM  

whistleridge: Writing 101: write whatever it is that you're writing. Then go back and cut out every single word that ends in 'ly'. Re-read. 99 times out of 100, you didn't need that word.

Examples:

I'm very happy that you really liked your present! I seriously hoped that you would totally dig it. - No 'ly' words are needed in this sentence. In fact, they make it sound juvenile.

The idea of 'of the people, for the people, by the people' necessarily entails a democratic setting - The one 'ly' word in this sentence could be left out, if you're trying to edit for space, or it could be left in, if you think it makes a stylistic difference.

When removing the pan from the over, release the handle quickly, or you will be burned! - The 'ly' word is necessary to the meaning of the sentence. Removing it will substantively (ha!) alter the meaning of the sentence.

/ each semester, I have to give this tutorial to at least one undergrad...


Nice. I'm stealing that.

/oven...
 
2012-10-02 08:36:49 PM  
Not as bad as "I know, right?"
 
2012-10-02 08:37:53 PM  

Walt_Jizzney: Not as bad as "I know, right?"


I know right?
 
2012-10-02 08:40:08 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Walt_Jizzney: Not as bad as "I know, right?"

I know right?


I was going to put a note saying I was expecting that, but I didn't....
 
2012-10-02 08:40:29 PM  
i1162.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-02 08:40:33 PM  
Wheelie?

www.hahastop.com
 
2012-10-02 08:42:08 PM  
 
2012-10-02 08:42:39 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-02 08:42:43 PM  
Welcome to reruns of Friends.

Real- . . . . ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhghhhhhhhhh!!!!!
 
2012-10-02 08:44:54 PM  
Wow, just wow.
 
2012-10-02 08:45:16 PM  
Word.
 
2012-10-02 08:48:02 PM  
A word is worth a thousand words.

Or something like that...
 
2012-10-02 08:48:53 PM  
my dad has been using that on job sites for over 20 years.
its a simple exclamation at the idiocy of whoever he is dealing with at the time.
it is usually at the end of a profanity laced tyraid.
THIS MOTHERFARKER WANTS US TO SOMEHOW MOVE THE COLUMN BOLTS IN THE FARKING CONCRETE OVER 4 INCHES BECAUSE THE CONCRETE FARKWADS BLEW IT AND DIDNT CHECK THE GRIDLINES?
REALLY?
REALLY?
then he usually walks off and a sane person handles the negotiations from there.
hello change orders.
 
2012-10-02 08:49:32 PM  
IKR?
 
2012-10-02 08:50:00 PM  
is the word b*m?
 
2012-10-02 08:51:33 PM  
Really?

What... too soon?
 
2012-10-02 08:52:36 PM  
marclaidlaw.com
 
2012-10-02 08:53:08 PM  
 
2012-10-02 08:53:52 PM  

Walt_Jizzney: Not as bad as "I know, right?"


We've turned that into a drinking game in my area.
 
2012-10-02 08:55:49 PM  
Civilization crumbles a little bit almost every time I turn on the television, and a single word-and-punctuation-mark combination is inflicting the damage. 

There's your problem Einstein...

Where has THIS beacon of culture been?

The guy probably goes to Hometown Buffet every week an laments the poor quality of food...
 
2012-10-02 08:56:30 PM  
If the word is "cunnilingus" then I'll go there. Need some help here readers.
 
2012-10-02 08:58:58 PM  
I'm guessing someone tried to justify their job as a columnist, you dig?.
 
2012-10-02 08:59:11 PM  

ammaro: A word is worth a thousand words.

Or something like that...


A word is worth a thousand pictures.

(That word is "tits")
 
2012-10-02 09:00:56 PM  
Wait, what?
 
2012-10-02 09:04:05 PM  
Penis.
 
2012-10-02 09:04:52 PM  
 
2012-10-02 09:09:39 PM  
No shiat?
 
2012-10-02 09:10:55 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Walt_Jizzney: Not as bad as "I know, right?"

I know right?


inorite?

/kthxbai
 
2012-10-02 09:11:03 PM  
Was it


poundit.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-02 09:11:56 PM  
Oh, for Christ sake. Really?
 
2012-10-02 09:12:27 PM  
Clinton-haters wrote entire articles about a two-letter word.
 
2012-10-02 09:13:08 PM  
C'mon man!
 
2012-10-02 09:13:53 PM  
oi48.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-02 09:25:11 PM  
What is the word (is the word that they heard)
It's got groove, it's got meaning
 
2012-10-02 09:27:51 PM  
a3.ec-images.myspacecdn.com

I really love my pony
I really really do
I really really really really really really....
 
2012-10-02 09:31:02 PM  
This is what makes the NYT these days? Really?
 
2012-10-02 09:32:41 PM  
Actually, I literally want anyone who uses that to have a fiery death.
 
2012-10-02 09:33:29 PM  
File photo of author:
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-02 09:41:27 PM  

Ennuipoet: Seriously? It's ironic, I am literally tired of this.


What it means when you say literally, courtesy of the Oatmeal.
 
2012-10-02 09:43:10 PM  
I agree with the author.

I am SO tired of the snarky "reeeally??"

What the person who uses this is actually saying is "do you realize how stupid you sound, you loser?" If that's the message, just say it. Better yet, make a constructive suggestion about how to improve something instead of belittling someone.

Really.
 
2012-10-02 09:45:17 PM  

whistleridge: / each semester, I have to give this tutorial to at least one undergrad...


Hopefully you don't actually deduct points if your students don't take you literally.
 
2012-10-02 09:46:35 PM  
absolutely! but really though "really" sucks and so does "absolutely"
 
2012-10-02 09:50:50 PM  
What evah!
 
2012-10-02 09:53:45 PM  

whistleridge: Writing 101: write whatever it is that you're writing. Then go back and cut out every single word that ends in 'ly'. Re-read. 99 times out of 100, you didn't need that word.

Examples:

I'm very happy that you really liked your present! I seriously hoped that you would totally dig it. - No 'ly' words are needed in this sentence. In fact, they make it sound juvenile.

The idea of 'of the people, for the people, by the people' necessarily entails a democratic setting - The one 'ly' word in this sentence could be left out, if you're trying to edit for space, or it could be left in, if you think it makes a stylistic difference.

When removing the pan from the over, release the handle quickly, or you will be burned! - The 'ly' word is necessary to the meaning of the sentence. Removing it will substantively (ha!) alter the meaning of the sentence.

/ each semester, I have to give this tutorial to at least one undergrad...


I had a prof in college who did not want to see the word, "that" in anything we wrote. He felt the same way about "that" as you feel about words ending in "ly".

Using your first example, it works for both "rules":
I'm very happy you liked your present! I hoped you would dig it.

I'm so happy that I totally don't have to follow those rules anymore! :)
 
2012-10-02 10:00:54 PM  
I can't express how much I really don't care about this at all.

I really don't know why I'm even posting.
 
2012-10-02 10:07:44 PM  
Yea, verily.
 
2012-10-02 10:07:47 PM  
Neil sounds concerned... Probably needs to get laid.
 
2012-10-02 10:17:02 PM  
www.umsl.edu
 
2012-10-02 10:18:51 PM  

Churchy LaFemme: An entire article about one word? Really?

[i50.tinypic.com image 550x363]
Is it "poontang"?



Came to post a variation of this.
 
2012-10-02 10:24:05 PM  
jimhillmedia.com 
Oh reeeeallly.
 
2012-10-02 11:10:53 PM  
somebodys got some mansplainin' to do.
 
2012-10-02 11:13:53 PM  
i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-10-02 11:24:26 PM  
The Leauge is awesome. And new season starts in a week.

/does that mean new Archer too?
 
2012-10-02 11:31:06 PM  
"Really" and its equally annoying syntax sister, "...I know, right?!"
 
2012-10-02 11:43:25 PM  
imageshack.us

Gazpacho, really?
 
2012-10-02 11:53:36 PM  

OnlyMeanWitchesAreUgly: whistleridge: Writing 101: write whatever it is that you're writing. Then go back and cut out every single word that ends in 'ly'. Re-read. 99 times out of 100, you didn't need that word.

Examples:

I'm very happy that you really liked your present! I seriously hoped that you would totally dig it. - No 'ly' words are needed in this sentence. In fact, they make it sound juvenile.

The idea of 'of the people, for the people, by the people' necessarily entails a democratic setting - The one 'ly' word in this sentence could be left out, if you're trying to edit for space, or it could be left in, if you think it makes a stylistic difference.

When removing the pan from the over, release the handle quickly, or you will be burned! - The 'ly' word is necessary to the meaning of the sentence. Removing it will substantively (ha!) alter the meaning of the sentence.

/ each semester, I have to give this tutorial to at least one undergrad...

I had a prof in college who did not want to see the word, "that" in anything we wrote. He felt the same way about "that" as you feel about words ending in "ly".

Using your first example, it works for both "rules":
I'm very happy you liked your present! I hoped you would dig it.

I'm so happy that I totally don't have to follow those rules anymore! :)


That's silly.
 
2012-10-02 11:55:41 PM  
It is what it is.
 
2012-10-03 12:09:23 AM  

ciberido: Ennuipoet: Seriously? It's ironic, I am literally tired of this.

What it means when you say literally, courtesy of the Oatmeal.


Turns out, TheOatmeal is literally wrong. (This is literally inevitable if you trust bloggers and comic artists for long enough.) One could say, "It literally drove me up a wall," in order to mean, "I don't exaggerate; Whatever 'it' was made me angry and upset in the way we commonly but figuratively describe as 'being driven up a wall'. It was no small upset, and it lasted for quite a long time, in a way which we would describe as 'driving'." And so on.

But, you're literally on the Internet, so I expect you can take this literally whatever you want.
 
2012-10-03 12:20:37 AM  
barbarakinney.com
YA RALLY
 
2012-10-03 12:28:38 AM  

Whiskey Pete:


Mind blown.
 
2012-10-03 12:57:25 AM  
真的嗎
 
2012-10-03 01:11:17 AM  
FTFA: Say a co-worker shows up for a pivotal meeting wearing a plaid blouse and a polka-dot skirt. In the old days you might have said: "Well, that is certainly an interesting fashion choice. Myself, I prefer something more subdued when sitting down with a client." Now, though, if you've succumbed to the loathsome trend, you will simply aim as withering a look as you can at your colleague, say "Really?" and walk away.

I probably would say something more along the lines of, "George, I really think you need to ditch the cross-dressing when the clients come to visit..."

But that's just me.
 
2012-10-03 01:14:41 AM  
you have to wonder about what drives people who worry about this kind of stuff to write articles to make themselves and their readers feel smarter than those "morons" who over use words, or misuse apostrophes, or use podium instead of lectern.

Hint: You are NOT more valuable than someone because you use words "correctly". You become more valuable as a person when you help someone better their lives or actually produce something of value with your talents.
 
2012-10-03 01:27:30 AM  

I sound fat: you have to wonder about what drives people who worry about this kind of stuff to write articles to make themselves and their readers feel smarter than those "morons" who over use words, or misuse apostrophes, or use podium instead of lectern.

Hint: You are NOT more valuable than someone because you use words "correctly". You become more valuable as a person when you help someone better their lives or actually produce something of value with your talents.


*You
 
2012-10-03 02:12:36 AM  

King Something: Penis.


Vagina
 
2012-10-03 02:17:07 AM  

rmac-etc: There is a response to this article buy one J Seinfeld ...


Awesome.

Are we sick of awesome yet?

/정말?!
 
2012-10-03 02:45:24 AM  

rmac-etc: There is a response to this article buy one J Seinfeld ...


What's the deal with that?
 
2012-10-03 03:02:54 AM  

CygnusDarius: I'm guessing someone tried to justify their job as a columnist, you dig?.


Strunk & White, rule 17: Omit needless words.

;)
 
2012-10-03 03:11:48 AM  
Animal Mother has one word for you.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-03 05:47:58 AM  
Not that you should judge someone on their looks, but Mr. Genzlinger looks about like you'd expect
him to look:

twimg0-a.akamaihd.net

And I'm sure speaks with an affected high pitched nasal voice that just reeks of condescension.
 
2012-10-03 05:50:50 AM  
I hate the "Really?" thing so much. It's so lazy and meaningless.

I have offenders farkied in yellow who do this. In this thread, not a one has shown up yet.
 
2012-10-03 06:01:05 AM  
"having said that..."

"that being said..."
 
2012-10-03 06:15:53 AM  
decimate
 
2012-10-03 06:23:14 AM  

fracas: Turns out, TheOatmeal is literally wrong.


Sure, it's wrong, but it's still funny.
 
2012-10-03 06:31:56 AM  
*thlurrrrp* *thrlrlurrrrrrrp* *thlrulrrrprrrp*

how else are people gonna look ghay
without saying REALLY?

they have to look like they disagree while they agree 100% to something.
 
2012-10-03 06:43:51 AM  
NYtimes just joined my list which includes all UK rags:

The "do not click" list.
 
2012-10-03 07:14:24 AM  
Warning: Memes and slogans will be used by everyone, endlessly. This might irritate you, but you'll get over it.
 
2012-10-03 08:12:12 AM  

OnlyMeanWitchesAreUgly: whistleridge: Writing 101: write whatever it is that you're writing. Then go back and cut out every single word that ends in 'ly'. Re-read. 99 times out of 100, you didn't need that word.

Examples:

I'm very happy that you really liked your present! I seriously hoped that you would totally dig it. - No 'ly' words are needed in this sentence. In fact, they make it sound juvenile.

The idea of 'of the people, for the people, by the people' necessarily entails a democratic setting - The one 'ly' word in this sentence could be left out, if you're trying to edit for space, or it could be left in, if you think it makes a stylistic difference.

When removing the pan from the over, release the handle quickly, or you will be burned! - The 'ly' word is necessary to the meaning of the sentence. Removing it will substantively (ha!) alter the meaning of the sentence.

/ each semester, I have to give this tutorial to at least one undergrad...

I had a prof in college who did not want to see the word, "that" in anything we wrote. He felt the same way about "that" as you feel about words ending in "ly".

Using your first example, it works for both "rules":
I'm very happy you liked your present! I hoped you would dig it.

I'm so happy that I totally don't have to follow those rules anymore! :)


It's not a rule, per se; it's more of a set of general guidelines for professional writing. If you're submitting a thesis, or to a journal, or to a magazine/newspaper/etc (even Reader's Digest, they're going to judge, accept, and edit by those criteria, among others. Ignore me if you want, but don't be surprised at the outcome if and when you do.

Your 'that' example seems a bit more like pedantry to me. Unless he lives in an area where 'that' is an over-user colliquialism, and he's just trying to cut down on it in general. I have that problem with 'like', but usually only in presentations, not in writing.
 
2012-10-03 08:35:28 AM  

Disgruntled Goat: "having said that..."

"that being said..."


I say that to say this: If you hadn't done what you did we wouldn't have been where we was to get what we got.
 
2012-10-03 08:43:18 AM  
Like really, I literally do not have the words to say.
 
2012-10-03 10:15:32 AM  
They don't think it be like it is but it do?
 
2012-10-03 08:19:59 PM  

Walt_Jizzney: Not as bad as "I know, right?"


Ugh, I really (ha!) dislike that phrase. Also on my dislike pile is "Yeah...no" and "amazing".
 
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