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“It Is What It Is”…and Other Irritating Phrases

spacejay

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“It is what it is”: Over the last few weeks I’ve been hearing this phrase more and more. I hear it at work, on the radio, on TV. Heck, even my elderly mother used it today! :rolleyes: Every-freaking-where I go…almost every day. Someone somewhere says it. It’s so annoying and pointless! What does it even mean? :mad:

What phrases have you heard that irritate you?
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I like to use them all in the same sentence. Usually I get slapped pretty hard.
 

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"It is what it is" means that you understood that you can't change the world. I'ts overused today but there are plenty of moments where it's on point. It means you have seen situation like this before, maybe many times and you've learned, maybe many times. Ultimately you don't want to be bothered again because in the end it's just stress and no result. Move on, or like some wise man once said:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

 
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"It is what it is" means that you understood that you can't change the world. I'ts overused today but there are plenty of moments where it's on point. It means you have seen situation like this before, maybe many times and you've learned from those. Ultimately you don't want to be bothered again because in the end it's just stress and no result. Move on, or like some wise man once said:

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

I understand that. But I think my irritation with the phrase is that it’s overused by people in situations where things can be changed. It’s used by people lazily (sometimes) when they decide to accept the status quo because changing it for the better is too much effort for them.
 

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The first time I came across this term, I was confused as to what it meant. How deep are we talking? Were the microphones positioned 100 meters deep below ground? They should just keep it plain and simple and call it "extensive sampling", or something similar.
 

JonS

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“It is what it is”: Over the last few weeks I’ve been hearing this phrase more and more. I hear it at work, on the radio, on TV. Heck, even my elderly mother used it today! :rolleyes: Every-freaking-where I go…almost every day. Someone somewhere says it. It’s so annoying and pointless! What does it even mean? :mad:

What phrases have you heard that irritate you?
For me, I think this is a very good phrase to embrace as it can illustrate that none of us are able to completely control life and certainly none of us can control what others think and do. So in life so much of what can happen is not in any one's control. Be actional, make plans, create good habits and routines, try to maintain good discipline when you can about your routines, but in the end we all need to let go. You can't just feed grapes to other people all the time either, at some point you must allow the Universe to feed you grapes too.

IMHO Life is about balance and a need to let go of the things we cannot control, which is often times most of life. So "It is what it is" reflects one's understanding that they cannot change or control that particular reality that they are referring to, this shows maturity, enlightenment, experience, and evolvement. It is a good phrase not a bad one. You will one day learn to embrace this phrase and not be irritated by it at all. Life can be incredibly frustrating, challenging and tragic. Often the world we engage in is reflecting back to each of us the inner turmoil and struggle within ourselves. Do your best and then let go of the results and your expectations if you can. Be compassionate towards others as best as possible as none of us understands what each person is going through in this lifetime. Peace.
 
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For me, I think this is a very good phrase to embrace as it can illustrate that none of us are able to completely control life and certainly none of us can control what others think and do. So in life so much of what can happen is not in any one's control Be actional, make plans, create good habits and routines, try to maintain good discipline when you can about your routines, but in the end we all need to let go. You can't just feed grapes to other people all the time either, at some point you must allow the Universe to feed you grapes too.

IMHO Life is about balance and a need to let go of the things we cannot control, which is often times most of life. So "It is what it is" reflects one's understanding that they cannot change or control that particular reality that they are referring to, this shows maturity, enlightenment, experience, and evolvement. It is a good phrase not a bad one. You will one day learn to embrace this phrase and not be irritated by it at all. Life can be incredibly frustrating, challenging and tragic. Often the world we engage in is reflecting back to each of us the inner turmoil and struggle within ourselves. Do your best and then let go of the results and your expectations if you can. Be compassionate towards others as best as possible as none of us understands what each person is going through in this lifetime. Peace.
I think what you’ve said is fantastic and a great message especially at this time of year when there is much sadness around.

I won’t repeat what I’ve said about this phrase as it feels inadequate in relation to your post. But my thoughts just a few posts up are true for my own personal feelings on the matter.

It can be very powerful to know that the world is malleable. What may seem like an impassable cliff face of problems can be tackled if you walk 10 miles and find a raft, sail along the coast for another 20 miles, find a meandering and steep but climbable path that, while may have rough terrain, will eventually lead you to the green grass on top of the cliff.

Sometimes circumstances can be genuinely impossible to change for the better in which case the phrase is perfectly fine. But don’t just give up on making things better in some small or more significant way because it is hard to do so. Imagine the Wright Brothers, after failing their first attempt at powered flight, if they had thrown their hands up in the air and said “It is what it is”.
 

JonS

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I think what you’ve said is fantastic and a great message especially at this time of year when there is much sadness around.

I won’t repeat what I’ve said about this phrase as it feels inadequate in relation to your post. But my thoughts just a few posts up are true for my own personal feelings on the matter.

It can be very powerful to know that the world is malleable. What may seem like an impassable cliff face of problems can be tackled if you walk 10 miles and find a raft, sail along the coast for another 20 miles, find a meandering and steep but climbable path that, while may have rough terrain, will eventually lead you to the green grass on top of the cliff.

Sometimes circumstances can be genuinely impossible to change for the better in which case the phrase is perfectly fine. But don’t just give up on making things better in some small or more significant way because it is hard to do so. Imagine the Wright Brothers, after failing their first attempt at powered flight, if they had thrown their hands up in the air and said “It is what it is”.
I love what you wrote!! IMHO this consciousness is a plane of experience. I think we are here to go through certain emotional experiences, some are pleasurable and some very unpleasant to taste and devastating to go through. For me, I don't think the process of letting go is easy at all. It can be very challenging to let go of one's expectations in life.

When one deeply wants something for a very long time and doesn't get it, you start wondering if there isn't some other force in the Universe at play that determines the outcome regardless of how determined, persistent, talented, virtuous, charismatic, and hardworking you may be.

I think becoming successful takes a lot of luck to get what one wants. Yes, you have to be talented, determined and hardworking too, but there's a world of people like that who will never succeed. I have spoken with a lot of very powerful people who all say the same exact thing, luck plays the most significant role in big time success. Since none of us can control our luck, all we can do is our best. "It is what it is" does not necessarily suggest capitulation or quitting on one's dreams, but signals an understanding that there is this something else not in our control that has an awful lot of power in determining the outcome of things in life.

I would like to believe that in some way we are all connected and even bound to each other both in this world and in the eternal. I want to see other people truly succeed and achieve lasting happiness. I do not like seeing injustice in this world at all, it really bothers me. Can we as humans come up with a much better way to organize and interact than capitalism and the patina of republicanism which is just controlled by oligarchical forces of wealth and power? I would like to think so, but once one gets beyond kindergarten we seem to abandon this hope in actuality.

We don't live in a pure democracy, as democracy is rule of the majority. We live in a seaming republic that is supposed in theory protect and secure certain minority rights (ie. the Bill of Rights), so when I say republicanism I am in no way referring to the Republican party at all. Also, people do not realize that we live in the age of classic liberalism since the downfall of monarchical rule in Europe. Thus, classical liberalism has nothing to do with the left or progressives or the Democratic party either as it is a rational idea of breaking from the aristocratic ruling class of ole. It is so fascinating to me how modern day civilization is this amalgamation of ancient cultures. People do not stop to think how each part of our society is derived directly from something that occurred in an ancient culture thousands of years ago. Our modern day highways are literally derived right from the Roman Roads of the Roman Empire. High fashion and interior design is so much a concept concocted by Ancient Egypt. Language itself is so ancestral as etymology has been flowing down to common vernacular for millennia and no one stops to think about how words are magic spells that summon the divine and originate from specific ancient religions, practices of summoning the Gods, and mythologies. We are all so much more connected to our mythological pasts than any of us realize when we converse and think.

The modern day film and television industry is filled with obstacles and struggle. It is awfully challenging to become a working and thriving composer. Create a cue for a project only to find out that the scene has been edited and the cue needs to be modified or the studio or producers want a different direction for the music at the last minute or expect the impossible from a composer by handing out absurd deadlines and turn around time to complete composition, orchestration or finished recordings. How many times would a composer just love more time to perfect their cue and simply face the reality of commerce's needs to meet time tables that don't account for true artistic expression. "It is what it is" simply accounts for so many situations where none of us can control the forces at hand from playing the lyre of Fate's ultimate song as each moment in life unfolds and the outcomes are revealed.

Perhaps in the infinite each of our desires and expectations shall be fulfilled so none of us feel denied by the twist of Time. All forms of ideas and thought are religious in nature as each of us must take a Kierkegaardian leap of faith at some point to accept any notion of belief in anything regardless if it's for or against any idea or rational concept. As film and tv composers, we combine being dream makers into being dream merchants, and do our best to create supportive Neptunian services that add to a finished product for the production. IMHO there is this intangible fine line between pursuing your goals and submitting to this other unseen power that restrains our abilities to completely strive for the attainment of each person's vision and thus capitulate in some way to this other force's Will. "It is what it is" is that recognition of capitulation for better or worse. It simply acknowledges the power that each of us do not possess, and our willingness to continue to play by these unspoken rules that we cannot change. "Libertas, aequalitas, fraternitas," let each of us take turns basking in our own light as we all matter and should all be heard.
 

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"Ect" when it should be etc (short for etcetera). I see ect all the time and I don't get how people aren't realising it's wrong phonetically.
 

jbuhler

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"Ect" when it should be etc (short for etcetera). I see ect all the time and I don't get how people aren't realising it's wrong phonetically.
Autocorrect gets things into its memory and it‘s nearly impossible to get it to forget. Like it will even correct that to thst sometimes simply because. It’s most irritating. In any case I imagine ect is similar.
 
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