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(Huffington Post)   Twenty-two frightening common phrases that should be reviled and scorned because they are overused and often make no sense. But the list does not contain the worst phrase of them all: "It is what it is"   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 234
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2014-04-14 11:51:42 PM
Meh list. But it is what it is. Amiright?
 
2014-04-15 12:02:44 AM
I like translating from CAlish into English.

I'd love that. = Never ever.

like = ❤ loading ❤

it was literally = it was figuratively

Johnny... he's Johnny. = Johnny is an asshole.

It is what it is. = I'm so farking high right now!
 
2014-04-15 12:11:07 AM

Notabunny: Meh list. But it is what it is. Amiright?


Knowumsayin?
 
2014-04-15 12:13:02 AM
"Just sayin'" is often followed by a rude statement, in a feeble attempt to soften the blow.

"Just sayin'" often follows a rude statement, in a feeble attempt to soften the blow.

/you decide
 
2014-04-15 12:13:08 AM
"Let me tell you something."

Shut up! Shut up you American. You always talk, you Americans, you talk and you talk and say 'Let me tell you something' and 'I just wanna say this', Well you're dead now, so shut up.
 
2014-04-15 12:24:52 AM
Basically, that list is totes cray cray.
 
2014-04-15 12:28:04 AM
It isn't what it's not.
 
2014-04-15 12:30:27 AM

Lorelle: Basically, that list is totes cray cray.


Irregardless it was interesting.
 
2014-04-15 12:40:01 AM
I'm guilty of "same difference." Whatever.
 
2014-04-15 12:52:26 AM
Who wants cake but doesn't want to eat it?
 
2014-04-15 12:53:24 AM

drnugget: Who wants cake but doesn't want to eat it?


If you eat it, there's no cake left to "have".
 
2014-04-15 12:56:45 AM
At the end of the day, whoever came up with that list just randomly listed things that annoy him. Listicle SEO bait? killing it!
 
2014-04-15 01:41:12 AM
"It is what it is" really gets to me.

When I was doing support at Comcast, we joked that it was the unofficial corporate motto.
 
2014-04-15 01:44:14 AM
So long as you know what "it" is, "It is what it is" makes perfect sense and is always true.
 
2014-04-15 01:47:32 AM
"Who cares?" - Well if I am the one talking to you about it, I am!

"You want some cheese with that whine?" - No, but I'll get some ice for this punch I just gave you.

"Well, money doesn't buy happiness." - It might not buy happiness, but in a significant quantity it takes away many forms of grief and frustration.

"Jesus loves you." - Dammit, the gardener has a gay attraction to me. Thanks for warning me to keep clear of him!
 
2014-04-15 01:48:04 AM

AliceBToklasLives: So long as you know what "it" is, "It is what it is" makes perfect sense and is always true.


Semantically, perhaps...

But to me, it always sounded like, "Well, too bad".
 
Juc
2014-04-15 01:48:43 AM
People get upset over no worries? It just means ok or no problem, the author seems weird to me.
 
2014-04-15 01:52:51 AM
I know, right ?
Are we having fun yet ?
 
2014-04-15 01:54:33 AM
Does the list include:

"going forward"?
"...on the ground"?
"Having said that"?
"Takeaway"?
"The Cloud"?
 
2014-04-15 01:55:03 AM
I see Buzzfeed has infected Huffpo.
 
2014-04-15 01:55:54 AM

drnugget: Who wants cake but doesn't want to eat it?


And who seriously wants to spite their face by cutting their nose off? It's still THEIR face. Antagonize someone else's face
 
2014-04-15 01:56:55 AM

drnugget: Who wants cake but doesn't want to eat it?


It makes more sense in other languages.

A better translation would be "You can't eat your cake and save it, too."
 
2014-04-15 01:58:26 AM
I yam what I yam
 
2014-04-15 01:59:14 AM
I refuse to click on any Huff Po links due to the fear of killing off brain cells, but is 'old and busted/new hotness' on there?  That's as dumb as anything I hear or read on a regular basis, if not more so.

And in the office, I hate nothing more than the overused, meaningless 'leverage'.
 
2014-04-15 02:00:52 AM
you are all idiots for being in this thread....doh
 
2014-04-15 02:00:55 AM
Yep. The one time I truly wanted to injure someone (or worse) was hearing "it is what it is" from just the wrong person.
 
2014-04-15 02:01:15 AM
I see no real problem with there. "I mean" kinda gets to me but it really is just the new version of "like."

What is annoying is all the people using "bro" constantly. That used to be just a northeast thing but now I have to hear it everywhere. I am not your brother.
 
2014-04-15 02:01:30 AM
Boy let me tell you what it sounds like the author has a case of the Mondays and needs to chill the fark out. Just sayin'.
 
2014-04-15 02:02:07 AM

fusillade762: "Let me tell you something."

Shut up! Shut up you American. You always talk, you Americans, you talk and you talk and say 'Let me tell you something' and 'I just wanna say this', Well you're dead now, so shut up.



Listen/ Look, let me just say...believe you me, you don't know the half of it. It is what it is.
 
2014-04-15 02:02:19 AM

fusillade762: "Let me tell you something."

Shut up! Shut up you American. You always talk, you Americans, you talk and you talk and say 'Let me tell you something' and 'I just wanna say this', Well you're dead now, so shut up.


I'm surprised it took me a minute to place that phrase, even though I could hear it in exactly the voice it was spoken in.  Suppose it would have come to me more quickly if it had been the line about the English instead.
 
2014-04-15 02:02:55 AM

wesmon: I see no real problem with there these.


Dammit.
 
2014-04-15 02:02:55 AM
I do like a well played "Yeah, no.".

Of course I'm not all that fond of "well played."
 
2014-04-15 02:03:21 AM

doglover: Lorelle: Basically, that list is totes cray cray.

Irregardless it was interesting.


I could care less what you find interesting.
 
2014-04-15 02:03:28 AM

AliceBToklasLives: So long as you know what "it" is, "It is what it is" makes perfect sense and is always true.


The first rule of Tautology Club is what it is.
 
2014-04-15 02:04:49 AM
I'm not a racist, but....
 
2014-04-15 02:05:42 AM
Submitter, I motherf*cking agree. I forgive athletes - they're paid to be athletic, not to be awesome interviews. Anyone else, like my ex-partner trying to explain why they're incapable of independent thought? Directed violence towards them seems like the most rational solution.
 
2014-04-15 02:05:44 AM
Know what I'm sayin'?
 
2014-04-15 02:06:23 AM

pxlboy: AliceBToklasLives: So long as you know what "it" is, "It is what it is" makes perfect sense and is always true.

Semantically, perhaps...

But to me, it always sounded like, "Well, too bad".


That IS what it means.

"This thing is awful!  What idiot set this up?"
"It is what it is, man.  Deal with it."
 
2014-04-15 02:06:59 AM
WTF is up with the gifs?

Huffpo is just another buzzfeed now, isn't it?

More and more everything is buzzfeed.  In the future, everything will be buzzfeed.

Lists and gifs and lists and gifs and lists and gifs and lists and gifs.
 
2014-04-15 02:08:04 AM

pxlboy: AliceBToklasLives: So long as you know what "it" is, "It is what it is" makes perfect sense and is always true.

Semantically, perhaps...

But to me, it always sounded like, "Well, too bad".


Ah, what can you do?

/the obvious answer is "nothing."  there is nothing that you can do
 
2014-04-15 02:08:22 AM
"I've got a case of the Mondays."
Who wouldn't, after Sunday funday?

No, man.  No.  shiat, no, man.  I do believe you'd get your ass kicked saying something like that, man.
 
2014-04-15 02:09:18 AM
One of my favorite "terrible phrases" is a little tidbit from a painter talking to a client about paint colors. The lines goes: "It's the same thing, only different." Taken in stride and with the right attitude it's positively mirthful.

The list seems to be a category of phrases which as stated are true but aren't intended to mean what they mean which if accepted as truthful statements give the impression that they are accepted for their conventional meaning. I'll clarify. "I'm sorry you're upset" is a perfectly valid rational construction but isn't a genuine apology. Thus the burden is on the recipient to correct the speaker "No, you halfwit, be sorry you're a terrible person and not that I rightfully took offense to your damage" else it wrongfully satisfy the requirement.

"Just saying" is another one. They are indeed just speaking words. The implicit message stowed away in that phrase is "not like I actually mean to convey information with objective meaning by speech that is able to be used to judge me."

"Honestly" and "To be frank" unlike the previous category actually have legitimate uses that enhance the conversion. Of course they can be used incorrectly, maliciously, flippantly, etc. which makes them bad but they do have their time and place.

My father has a number of hilariously face punch-worthy catch phrases. Never have you had such a day as when in the space of 8 hours you receive 207 (I counted) "know what I mean?" delightful sentence endings. It bugs me because unlike him I actually listen to people's sentences so I'm compelled to answer when question even though I know it's not something you're supposed to answer.

The day I learned the phrase "Oh I'm sorry did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?" was like unearthing the Hope diamond.
 
2014-04-15 02:09:39 AM

wesmon: What is annoying is all the people using "bro" constantly. That used to be just a northeast thing but now I have to hear it everywhere. I am not your brother.


I thank people who call me "bro" for their affirmation of my masculinity.

They usually don't do it again.
 
2014-04-15 02:09:42 AM
Buzzworthy-level content detected
 
2014-04-15 02:11:22 AM
"In all reality..." -WTF does this even mean?

"To make a long story short..." -I'd be more inclined to believe you if this weren't the 3rd time you've said it during your story.

"Hate the sin, not the sinner/Don't hate the player, hate the game..." -No. Just...no.


/Huffpo writer needs some cheese to go with the whambulance, welcome to FARK, etc.
 
2014-04-15 02:14:53 AM

Frederf: unlike him I actually listen to people's sentences


Why?

No, seriously.  Why?  Children have to listen to other people.  For adults, other people exist entirely to be an audience.
 
2014-04-15 02:14:56 AM
For some reason "Same Difference" always made sense to me.  I just think of Difference in terms of being the answer in a subtraction problem, so the meaning of the phrase would be something like "same result".
 
2014-04-15 02:15:09 AM

fusillade762: "Let me tell you something."

Shut up! Shut up you American. You always talk, you Americans, you talk and you talk and say 'Let me tell you something' and 'I just wanna say this', Well you're dead now, so shut up.


The only positive thing to come out of that entire whiney article was that it gave a reason to use that quote.

/also did not eat the salmon mousse
 
2014-04-15 02:16:04 AM
Frederf:
"Just saying" is another one. They are indeed just speaking words. The implicit message stowed away in that phrase is "not like I actually mean to convey information with objective meaning by speech that is able to be used to judge me."

I always thought that meant "I know what I just said pissed you off/what I'm about to say will piss you off, because it's true and you'd rather not have somebody point it out.  Tough noogies."

My father has a number of hilariously face punch-worthy catch phrases. Never have you had such a day as when in the space of 8 hours you receive 207 (I counted) "know what I mean?" delightful sentence endings.

Your father was Ernest P. Worrell?
 
2014-04-15 02:17:07 AM
"It is what it is" is the "shou ga nai" of English, a way of saying "it's shiat but we just have to put up with it". It acknowledges the shiattiness of the situation, expresses solidarity with the listener, but wraps it up by stating that nothing can be done (at least by those present). It's a VERY useful phrase and the recent popularity of the phrase reflects the move in America to a more passive culture that puts up with shiat rather than fighting it.

You may hate it, but it's a useful phrase.

That goes for other innovations in language as well. They come and go, such is the nature of language. There are plenty of old phrases we don't use anymore as well, but they were common and useful in their time.
 
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