I watched a video the other day from TheResident.net, which was her top 10 video list of things that people should stop saying. Her list was cool, but she left off what I feel is the most overused and irritating phrase of the past 3 years. The single most annoying 5 words in the English Language when put together in this sequence:
“It is what it is.”
Technically, that phrase is only three words, since “it” and “is” are repeated…but to Hell with a damn technicality. I am extremely tired of hearing people say “it is what it is.” To me, the words just express the fact that whatever it is that you are talking about has rendered you totally helpless. It also says that you lack a proper vocabulary and the ability to fully express yourself. You’re also a trend whore, since that’s been the unofficial in phrase for the last couple of years.
It is what it is has run it’s course. Time to take that horse out to pasture. Time to drop that pit bull off at Bad Newz Kennels. Time to sail that ship into a giant iceberg and watch it sink to the bottom of the ocean, never to be seen or heard from again. Basically, KILL THE PHRASE ALREADY!
If you’re saying it to sound cool, it’s not going to work. I would rather hear people using old country sayings like “I’ll be John Brown” or Great day in the morning!”
I’d prefer to hear people saying phrases from episodes of Martin, like “Don’t you know no good” and “What’s the matter? YOU CAN’T CALL NO-BODY?”
I could even deal with people saying lyrics from 80’s Wham songs, like “Guilty feet have GOT no rhythm!” or “Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah, oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh, a-ha-a, a-ha-a, do-do-do-la-la-la-a-a!”
See what y’all made me do? I had to take it back to the days when the world was naive enough to think that George Michael was straight, just to get my point across. Please. Please…PLEASE, stop saying “It is what it is.” Next time you catch yourself about to say it, think of this entry, smile, then come up with other words to express what’s on your mind. For real. Watch your mouth around me. Get your little thick-ass tossed up!
See! Martin quotes actually do work!