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but seriously, folks

A statement meant to draw an audience's attention to a point one wishes to make (which may or may not be serious in nature), often used as a segue after a joke, aside, or something that is non-relevant. I just flew in from Miami, and boy are my arms tired! But seriously, folks, how is everyone tonight? I like a good cheeseburger as much as the next guy, but seriously, folks, does anyone really need one that weighs three pounds?
See also: but, folk

take somebody/something ˈseriously

consider or treat something as important or serious: We told him he was in danger but he didn’t take us seriously.
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1% increase compared to the 276 people in the same age bracket seriously hurt in crashes in 2013 - a figure in contrast to the British decline of 0.
I have been learning day by day that not taking it seriously and wanting what Love wants me to be moment by moment is the only thing that saves me from dwelling for the next 10 years on what our life will be like next year.
The men became involved in a verbal altercation with the man before getting out of the van and seriously assaulting him, leaving him seriously injured.
If one of them smiles as he offers his palm, you'll know he is not taking the football seriously.
In Northumbria, 38 people were killed and 473 seriously injured in 2012 compared to 28 people killed and 439 seriously injured the year before.
He added that the policeman is seriously wounded and been rushed to hospital; while police launched a wide campaign searching for the sniper.
The 1994-98 annual average for children killed or seriously injured was 22 and in 2010 it was three seriously injured (86.
BEIRUT: A man was seriously wounded Friday after failing to stop at an army checkpoint in Akkar, the National News Agency reported.
Three weeks into the new year, and the Cheddar category is hotting up already, with Wyke Farms and Seriously Strong squaring up over who performed better over Christmas.
SALAH AL-DIN / Aswat al-Iraq: Two policemen have been seriously injured in a booby-trapped car explosion north of Tikrit, a police source said on Tuesday.
Summary: Taza - Four people were killed and two others were seriously injured in a road accident on Tuesday in the north-eastern province of Taza, said the authorities of this province.
Much of the recent commentary on the economy has been focused on the recovery, while seriously delinquent mortgages have quietly crept upwards.
A health chief has apologised to the parents of children left seriously ill by an E.
The injured were shifted to civil hospital DMJ while seriously injured were referred to Larkana town of Sindh for treatment.
NEARLY half of Scottish motorists are seriously distracted by in-car technology while driving.