Thursday, March 4, 2010

Really! Really? Really.

Dear Netflix, is The Importance Of Being Earnest really a "Cerebral Drama"? Really! Really? Really. I'm not sure your recommender system ever actually read Oscar Wilde.


Pssst, for context on The Three "reallys" Construction see my comment on LL and repeated below:

The Three "reallys" Construction is strictly a spoken construction, as far as I can tell, so I can't do much of a search, but it's common in sitcoms and very commonly used in casual setting amongst friends when a person is faced with a situation that is (1) surprising, (2) intractable. The three "reallys" provide a cascaded enunciation of the cline from genuine surprise to complete defeatism (i.e., the person realizes there's nothing they can do about the situation).

really 1 = interjection like wow expressing internal surprise.
really 2 = interrogative, actually questioning the other person wrt the situation.
really 3 = expression of defeat (i.e., I give up).

2 comments:

myl said...

I must be watching the wrong sitcoms, because I don't think I've seen this.

Can you give (e.g. youtube) links to a couple of instances?

(I'm not skeptical, just curious.)

Chris said...

The most perfectest example I've ever heard is from an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia said by Dee, but I can't find it on YouTube. It's a hard thing to track down. I might have to buy the DVDs to find it (okay, I'd be buying the DVDs to watch them, but sooner or later I'd stumble onto the phrase).

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