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Linguistic query: "Really?"
Bar Harbor
Over the last few months, I have been seeing a decided increase, in both written and verbal communications, of the usage of the word "Really?" with a specific connotation. Approximately: "It's not that I actually don't believe you, but you have just uttered something so incredibly lame that I must give you the chance to take it back." Extra irony optional. Often used multiple times in a paragraph, not necessarily contiguously.

Now, that's always been a reasonable usage of the word, but I'm seeing it a lot more recently, and I'm wondering if it's just random language drift, or if there's some specific source that popularized this usage. Anyone got insight?

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(Alexx googles...)

Not really, no.

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