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...
"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
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....