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are you effing kidding me?

once upon a time, people annoyed by the comments/rantings/blatherings of others would say so.

x: blah blah blahblahblah!
x: and then i realized that i wasn't wearing any shoes!
y: what the hell?
y: you wasted half my day to get to THAT?
y: that wasn't even a good punchline.

i'm not sure when this happened, but i've noticed in recent months that no one goes to that much effort anymore.

x: blah blah blahblahblah!
x: and then i realized that i wasn't wearing a shirt!
y: really.

or

x: blah blah blahblahblah!
x: and then i realized that i wasn't wearing any pants!
y: seriously?

i oversimplify--those aren't so much statements or questions as semi-questions, but i can't figure out how to describe the intonation (or the punctuation, for that matter). there's also a certain expression that accompanies these words, somewhere in the happy space between contempt and disbelief.

we often use this when describing the inane/insane actions of others.

x: and then he told me to run a report, but he expected me to figure out the criteria.
y: seriously?

x: she got upset when i called her out on her shit, even though she's been riding me constantly for what she considers MY shit.
y: really.

i ranted about this trend to cam a while back, but recent exchanges have shown me that i am as guilty of it as anyone else. embarrassing! (but cam does it, too. har.) so now we are trying to buck this trend and return to fuller, more descriptive language.

easier said than done, i'm afraid.

those two little words used in that way have eaten their way into my vernacular, so i suspect that i'll need some big guns to get them out again. a catchy replacement might work, but it would have to be extremely catchy to make me say X number of words where previously one would do. any ideas?

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