by Tom Devine
There's something about the popularity of that mutton-headed phrase "It is what it is" that tells me our best is behind us.
I’ve always had a grudging respect for conservative/libertarian commentator William Safire who abhorred the miserable 'new speak' typifed by phrases such as "it is what it is..."It was also a pet phrase of a guy I worked for at one point who tended to use it when justifying why he wasn’t going to pay me money (that I felt..) he owed me.
I always interpreted the phrase as an admonition to focus on reality, which is good advice in any scene.
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