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    Default I hate the phrase: "It is what it is."

    I know this is a stupid topic, but hey, it's late on a Friday, so I'm bored.

    I never noticed people utter the phrase until a few years ago. It started with athletes I think.

    Reporter: "What do you make of the reports that you assaulted your wife?"

    Athlete: "It is what it is."

    What fucking horrible answer. It makes no sense, answers nothing, and is a complete cop-out. Now it has spread to politicians, internet posters, and the annoying guy in the office that has to weigh in on everything. Everytime someone says it in my prescence, I want to turn to them, slap them across the face and say: "Thank you, you fucking retard for the little nugget of uselessly wasted verbiage."

    The phrase just screams lazy. It's like they think: "Gee, that's a tough question, I have nothing intelligent to add, what should I say?" Then the wheels turn, the gears scrape, and we get some useful piece of insight like "It is what it is."

    What do you guys think? (I'll bet you want to say "It is what it is," don't you? Well don't even think about it assholes )
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    There's a VP in my company that started using that phrase all the time a few years ago. In so doing, he gave every other mid and upper manager permission to use that phrase. Its now as common in my company as all the other cliché business terminology (brainstorming, paradigm shift, synergy).

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    well,...um,...

    it is what it is
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    yeah I hear you...but you know...it is what it is...


    heeheeheehee

    had to do it!

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    "What we are dealing with here, is a complete lack of respect for the law" - Jackie Gleason, Smokey and the Bandit

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    My old boss used to say that cornball expression. But I remember hearing or reading it awhile back from Micheal Anthony when asked why he wasn't aboard the VH tour. Damn That term got around fast. Go figure, or rather it is what it is
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    Conversely, it isn't what it isn't.

    What it is?
    EDDIE IS THE ULTIMATE ROCK DOG!

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    Used in the proper context I think this phrase is fantastic. When people might get over pretentious and try to analyse something by introducing deeper meanings, it's a great leveller. A statement of fact without hidden currents, but I agree, it seems to have become a lazy cop-out for people too ignorant to accept responsibility for any kind of thought, especially their own.

    But it can be a wonderful put-down for people you just plain dislike......

    (pretentious interviewer) Your work here seems to denote a certain atheisitic quality based on man's refusal of god by showing what inherently many would consider to be one of his own creations thus demonstrating a .....

    (artist) It is what it is. A bunch of flowers.

    et fucking cetera........
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    My old boss said that all the time. I got so sick of it, that after awhile, whenever she said it, I whipped out my junk and said THAT is what it is. She stopped saying it after a few times of doing that.
    A liar sucks way more than any asshole. Trust me...I'd know. I'm an asshole and that's not a lie.

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    I think the phrase "on fire" (as in Eddie was....) should be banned from all concert reviews unless someone really is on fire....like Michael Jackson or James Hetfield.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    What fucking horrible answer. It makes no sense, answers nothing, and is a complete cop-out. Now it has spread to politicians, internet posters, and the annoying guy in the office that has to weigh in on everything. Everytime someone says it in my prescence, I want to turn to them, slap them across the face and say: "Thank you, you fucking retard for the little nugget of uselessly wasted verbiage."

    The phrase just screams lazy. It's like they think: "Gee, that's a tough question, I have nothing intelligent to add, what should I say?" Then the wheels turn, the gears scrape, and we get some useful piece of insight like "It is what it is."
    I have also recently become quite annoyed with that very same phrase, for all the same reasons.

    And its counterpart, of which I would LOVE to never hear again: "I'm just sayin'!" (Well how about this... DON'T say it!!)

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    My boss has two favorite buzz-phrases which he overfuckinguses in our weekly meetings......

    "Mind you......"
    "Moving forward....."


    Since I teleconference into these meetings, I can now safely keep a count on my notepad how many times he plugs em. The average is 4-5 times per phrase per meeting.
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    You can reply two ways:

    1. You can quote Buckaroo Bonzai and say: " In my experience, nothing is ever what it seems to be, but everything is exactly what it is."

    2. You say" "So...what it is a broken nose?". When he turns to ask you whatyou mean, punch him in the face.

    Or you can just use the new VHLinks catch-phrase: "What the fuck are you talking about, Pork Chop?"

    Hope this helps...
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    Rumors are just that....

 

 

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