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A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: hal
Date: September 02, 2011 01:21PM
It is what it is...

Ok, it's NOT new, but it's fricken EVERYWHERE now. You can't listen to a single sports interview without hearing that phrase at least once...

It seems to be code for, "I'm not really sure..." or "If I had a better vocabulary, I could give you a real answer"

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(21 million hits - ugh...)

/rant
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Trouble
Date: September 02, 2011 01:23PM
It is what it is (ironically, a perfectly appropriate response)
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: volcs0
Date: September 02, 2011 01:24PM
The latest phase I'm sick of:

"I know, right?"

or the shortened

IKR?
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 02, 2011 01:24PM
Que sera, sera
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: decay
Date: September 02, 2011 01:26PM
i like "you'll have this"



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 02, 2011 01:26PM
c'est la vie



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 02, 2011 01:31PM
I actually like the phrase simply because it's a sign of people letting go of something they have no control over. Their car was stolen - "It is what it is" seems like a better response than being angry.

I am trying to think of alternatives that capture the same essence, like "such is life" but I actually dislike that one more.

I'm sure there is a better way to say it, but what is it?




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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 02, 2011 01:31PM
That's been my sig here for years now.



It is what it is.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: September 02, 2011 01:32PM
Nobody in football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.





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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 02, 2011 01:32PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
That's been my sig here for years now.

just goes to show.



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 02, 2011 01:32PM
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Acer
Que sera, sera

I know, right? :fawkdance:



It is what it is.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 02, 2011 01:33PM
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graylocks
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N-OS X-tasy!
That's been my sig here for years now.

just goes to show.

What, exactly?



It is what it is.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 02, 2011 01:34PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
Quote
graylocks
Quote
N-OS X-tasy!
That's been my sig here for years now.

just goes to show.

What, exactly?

I know, right?




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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: AllGold
Date: September 02, 2011 01:34PM
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hal
It is what it is...

Ok, it's NOT new, but it's fricken EVERYWHERE now. You can't listen to a single sports interview without hearing that phrase at least once...

It seems to be code for, "I'm not really sure..." or "If I had a better vocabulary, I could give you a real answer"

Or how to use five words and still say absolutely nothing.

It would be even worse if they added my biggest peeve and made it seven words with no real meaning (which thankfully has become less common lately): ... and whatnot.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Trouble
Date: September 02, 2011 01:35PM
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M A V I C
I'm sure there is a better way to say it, but what is it?

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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: billb
Date: September 02, 2011 01:35PM
newish ?

It's a rather oldish New England lexicon
I've always considered it a Yankee one.



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: haikuman
Date: September 02, 2011 01:43PM
I'm hip man ~!~ devil smiley



“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
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"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
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"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: decay
Date: September 02, 2011 01:43PM
i don't think the OP's phrase says nothing.

if you can't glean any meaning from "it is what it is," you're not paying attention or you're not thinking hard enough.



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 02, 2011 01:43PM
It is the simplest, most concise worldview that can be stated.



It is what it is.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: artie67
Date: September 02, 2011 01:45PM
Hey, what happens happens, it's way better and means the same exact thing.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 02, 2011 01:52PM
"Really ?"

The 'teen statement' word that causes me to break out in rage is "Whatever". I've explained to my kids that that, in my lexicon, equates to "Eff YOU !" and I react accordingly.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: haikuman
Date: September 02, 2011 01:52PM
""" just another sh*tty day in paradise""" <~~~ a common phrase in Maui *(:>* devil smiley



“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
Steve Jobs

"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
G.D. Kittredge III

"






Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/02/2011 01:53PM by haikuman.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: September 02, 2011 01:56PM
SOCKS
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: September 02, 2011 01:56PM
This too shall surely pass away.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: decay
Date: September 02, 2011 02:00PM
SSDD



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 02, 2011 02:05PM
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hal
...listen to a...sports interview...

There's your problem. big grin smiley
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 02, 2011 02:08PM
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Mr Downtown
This too shall surely pass away.

Fixed.



It is what it is.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: haikuman
Date: September 02, 2011 02:09PM
"""scenes are for making"""

Can you guess whom we can attribute this fine phrase to..... no gooooogling rolleyes smiley



“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
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"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
G.D. Kittredge III

"






Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/02/2011 02:10PM by haikuman.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 02, 2011 02:13PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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Mr Downtown
This too shall surely pass away.

Fixed.

Close, but if someone's pet dies, it will always be dead. So the fact the cat is dead doesn't pass. So while that may be a suitable replacement in some cases, it's not in all.




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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 02, 2011 02:17PM
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M A V I C
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N-OS X-tasy!
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Mr Downtown
This too shall surely pass away.

Fixed.

Close, but if someone's pet dies, it will always be dead. So the fact the cat is dead doesn't pass. So while that may be a suitable replacement in some cases, it's not in all.

Get a life.



It is what it is.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: haikuman
Date: September 02, 2011 02:19PM
® Organic Oblivion ~!~ ©



“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
Steve Jobs

"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
G.D. Kittredge III

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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: September 02, 2011 02:23PM
My bad...
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Buzz
Date: September 02, 2011 02:30PM
MAVIC was originally on point... acknowledging something that the speaker, and usually the listener has no control over. Perhaps we can collectively change to, "WTF can either/any of us do about that?... and please don't say it is what it is!" I frequently use "the phrase" to acknowledge that I cannot do anything about whatever the issue is, and often tell the other party(ies) that they must be more proactive if they want things changed. "It is what it is, but if you feel [whatever] was wrong, you should do what you can to make it right, if it means enough to you for you to do so."

The "phrase", I believe, readily connotes the speaker's inability to effect change. Often people present things to others in such a form as though the listener can change them, which is probably that speaker's subconscious wish... "Man, can you believe how crappy the Dodgers' attendance has been?" begets an, "It is what it is." Perhaps a more evocative question would be, "Do you think if the Dodgers can get their murky ownership situation under control, they can ever regain some, or all of their past glory?" The first question has the speaker wishing for better attendance and the team wasn't in turmoil, which is something the responder has no control over regardless of their opinion. The second question, also in part, has the speaker wishing for better attendance, but opens up many other avenues of conversation to discuss possible solutions that include increased attendance, and also encouraging the responder to share their feelings about the overall situation.

As to hal's statement that "the phrase" is overused in sports vernacular, while I agree, it is what it is.

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Sometimes it is what it is...
and then there's times when it's really better.



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: kj
Date: September 02, 2011 02:32PM
I told my boss once that the job I had was the worst I had ever experienced (and why), and she replied, "It is what it is." What it was was a turd, and you either embraced the turd, or found something else. No other phrase would have so succinctly made me realize my situation. kj.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: September 02, 2011 02:33PM
Whatta ya gonna do, ya know?

BHOICA*.

Everything's a situation**.


* Bend Over, Here It Comes Again.

** Bobby Simone, while playing patty cake with an Internal Affairs cop.

It's too bad Caruso lost his mind and left Blue. Bobby Simone and John Kelly would have been the coolest pair of detectives to ever walk the planet. They would have made ice cubes look like jalapeño peppers. big grin smiley



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: haikuman
Date: September 02, 2011 02:36PM
WTF-over ? devil smiley



“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
Steve Jobs

"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
G.D. Kittredge III

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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: (vikm)
Date: September 02, 2011 02:42PM
Go @#$%& yourselves
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: haikuman
Date: September 02, 2011 02:46PM
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decay
i don't think the OP's phrase says nothing.

if you can't glean any meaning from "it is what it is," you're not paying attention or you're not thinking hard enough.

"""It is the simplest, most concise worldview that can be stated."""

I am just troubled that it is coming from a hick...jest smiley from La Puente *(:>* devil smiley

But I pretty much agree thumbsup smiley



“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
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"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
G.D. Kittredge III

"


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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: tronnei
Date: September 02, 2011 02:58PM
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haikuman
""" just another sh*tty day in paradise""" <~~~ a common phrase in Maui *(:>* devil smiley

I was there all last week, never heard it once.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: haikuman
Date: September 02, 2011 03:08PM
I hope you had a good time .... Bruddah ~!~



“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish"
Steve Jobs

"There are only two mantras yum and yuk mine is yum "
Bernard Mickey Wrangle<>Tom Robbins<> "Still Life With Woodpecker"

"There is a fine line between a rut and a groove"
G.D. Kittredge III

"


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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: PeterB
Date: September 02, 2011 03:14PM
If it is what it is, then clearly it is not what it is not. For, if it was what it was, but not what it wasn't, then was it really ever in the first place?

You say potato, I say potatoe, let's call the whole thing off. grinning smiley




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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: John B.
Date: September 02, 2011 03:20PM
"It is what it is" has stood the test of time.

"What happened?" hopefully will die off quickly.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: September 02, 2011 03:27PM
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M A V I C
I actually like the phrase simply because it's a sign of people letting go of something they have no control over.

Agreed.



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 02, 2011 03:27PM
Can I ask you a question?



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: decay
Date: September 02, 2011 03:45PM
iiwii = "like it or lump it, pal"

(hey, look: a palindrome! IIWII)



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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: flareslow
Date: September 02, 2011 04:01PM
Maybe "Merde happens" ?
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: Panopticon
Date: September 02, 2011 04:16PM
It is what you make of it.

"It depends upon what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the—if he—if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not—that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement." - President Wm. J. Clinton






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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 02, 2011 04:32PM
FYYFF
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: digby
Date: September 02, 2011 04:33PM
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M A V I C
Quote
N-OS X-tasy!
Quote
graylocks
Quote
N-OS X-tasy!
That's been my sig here for years now.

just goes to show.

What, exactly?

I know, right?

What it is, man...

what it is.
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Re: A newish phrase that simply MUST GO!
Posted by: blooz
Date: September 02, 2011 04:49PM
Bummer.



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