After they ran Tuesday’s opinion piece about the overuse of the word “Really” in disbelief, Jerry Seinfeld wrote in to The New York Times to defend the word’s use, and specifically its regular appearance in that Weekend Update segment on SNL. And, becauseThe New York Times is happy just to get some mail these days because you never write anymore and it never hears how you’re doing and the Ethelbaum boy writes to his local paper all the time why can’t you be more like him, they printed it. Even this bit, wherein he threatens the original op-ed writer, Neil Genzlinger, with bodily harm:
What I do not say or write, as you did in the part about responses to Einstein’s theories, is “wrap my head around it.”
Are you kidding? No, no, no, Neil. No sir.
When I hear people say, “If you can wrap your head around it,” I want to wrap their heads around something, like a pole.
Now, to be frank, it’s not hilarious. It’s New York Times-funny. This is the same paper where the pedantic scribblings of Gail Collins and Maureen Dowd’s imagining various notables of the day having conversations are considered to be high wit (Thomas Friedman is funny, but it’s all unintentional humor, like when you see a cat falling off something). But maybe this will start some new trend, where people with serious comedy writing chops write things for The New York Times and we laugh and go to somebody else, “Did you see so-and-so’s writing in The New York Times? He/She is quite a font of topical humor and a national treasure don’t you think?”
And that other person goes, “No, I don’t read newspapers anymore.”
So wrap your head around that.