Annoying phrases

don_socalJanuary 10, 2012

Do you hear frequently used cliches that get annoying? One I hear a lot that when used alone and not as a part of a larger thought grates on my nerves.

"It is what it is."

A quote of Billy Frolick in this article about this phrase...

Article

"2) What is your reaction when you see the phrase

used by athletes and others? Pride? Horror? Somewhere in between?

MY REACTION IS OFTEN THAT THE INTERVIEWEE CAN'T

THINK OF ANYTHING INTELLIGENT TO SAY. MAYBE THEY ARE

A) OUT OF BREATH, B) NOT GETTING ENOUGH OXYGEN TO

THEIR BRAIN, OR C) THERE ISN'T MUCH BRAIN THERE TO GET

OXYGEN TO.

IN SOME RESPECTS, IT'S A RATHER LAZY AND

DISRESPECTFUL RESPONSE, ONE WHICH BASICALLY SAYS,

"FIGURE IT OUT YOURSELF, DUMBASS." AS A RESULT, I

FIND MYSELF RARELY USING IT, EXCEPT WHEN I'M TALKING TO AGENTS AND PRODUCERS, OF COURSE."

It has history that goes way back but usually as part of a larger thought concept. Some examples....

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don_socal

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    Bookmark   January 10, 2012 at 10:00PM
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mawheel

Gee, Don, I guess it can be annoying, but have often used it, myself. When a situation or problem can't be changed or solved, it says it all. It may be my way of dissolving myself of responsibility for something. (It's too early in the morning for you to have made me think.) LOL--perhaps another annoying cliche?

    Bookmark   January 11, 2012 at 6:09AM
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rob333

My boss was the first to say this to me. It was his way of absolving me of stupidity, be it mine or the situation's stupidity. I don't think I've heard others say it, but I'm glad to hear him say it when he does.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2012 at 9:28AM
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mawheel

Rob, I used "dissolving", when I should have chosen "absolving myself . . . ". I said it was too early in the morning for me to think, though, didn't I? :>)

    Bookmark   January 11, 2012 at 1:46PM
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rob333

Honestly, I read it as absolving! HA! It must've been early indeed.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2012 at 2:20PM
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west_gardener

mwheel, your whole post made sense to me, I could go with both words.
I use that phrase a lot, perhaps too much. Usually I say "It is what it is" when I know I can't change something. But when I know I can change something, I may add "for now".

    Bookmark   January 11, 2012 at 6:33PM
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calliope(6)

I have to chuckle, because I heard that phrase for the first time only a couple months ago, so it's not old and hackneyed to me. I want to use it a few times until I get tired of it......puleeze! I like it because it's brief and succinct and implies you may as well not palaver about how or why something is, but just get over it and deal with it.

"Get over it". Now, that one I'm tired of. "He owns it". I'm tired of that one as well. And for I'm really tired of an emcee saying "put your hands together for...." Not a biggie, any of them. Oh gosh, where would we be without cliches? I suppose they fill a need because they are instantly understood.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2012 at 7:13PM
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frogged

A phrase that grates on me is when I am walking my dog, I get who's walking who, or somthing to this effect. Somtimes I would hear this more then once on a walk. I know folks are just being friendly and making small talk. But whats wrong with nice day, or just a smile and nod.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 6:13PM
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west_gardener

frogged, I agree with you about "just a smile and nod".

    Bookmark   January 12, 2012 at 7:47PM
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