Well! That was not called for!

One of my readers* sent me an article about the most annoying phrases in America.

First place winner: “Whatever”

Second place: “You know?”

Third place: “It is what it is.”

Forth place: “Anyway”…

Hold on… back up!! What?!? The expression I felt so wonderfully expressed my state of being, the phrase I have steadfastly defended from my Aussie,Β the utterance upon whose shoulders I carefully crafted my beloved blog is the third most annoying expression in America?

Thankfully, only 11% of respondents chose to libel my inspiration, but nevertheless, I feel the need to defend my chose phrase.

People! “It is what it is” is only annoying if you view it as a surrender! If you expand it, give it someplace to go — as in “it is what it is, and there’s no changing that, but now we can…” — well, then, it’s pure motivation! By accepting what is, you can then move on to what can be, and, well, I can’t think of a better starting point than that!

(climbing off my soapbox)

So, if you’re one of the 11% of Americans who get annoyed by someone saying this perfectly crafted phrase, give them a break. At least they didn’t say “”WHAT’-ehv-errr!”

*SIDE NOTE: This reader was not, of course, telling me that HE thought the phrase was annoying. He was just helping me to fight evil. πŸ˜‰


10 thoughts on “Well! That was not called for!

  1. Peder Digre says:

    I wasn’t saying it was annoying. I was just pointing out that other people think it’s annoying. Big difference. πŸ™‚

    • Jenni says:

      Oh, of course! I just thought you were sending me the result of a poll, not your own opinion! Thanks for the clarification, though — I’ll make a foot note. πŸ™‚

  2. Kristi says:

    Whatever… it’s all good πŸ™‚

    • Jenni says:

      No worries, man. At the end of the day, all that really matters is that you have a Yam who comments on your blog. πŸ˜‰

  3. Joanne says:

    I use all of the top four constantly! Maybe it’s time to broaden my verbal horizons. Nice job on the blog, by the way. Way to keep posting!

    • Jenni says:

      Thanks, Joanne! I’m enjoying my little blog. πŸ™‚

      I use those phrases too — except for “at the end of the day!” I do have to wonder at the validity of this survey, though… It smacks of some stats project at a po-dunk college… πŸ™‚

  4. Amy says:

    I saw that report on the news this morning too and totally thought of you! Whatevah!!! Heehee…

  5. mom says:

    No worries
    cool blog…cool graphics… it’s all good!

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