Daily Prompt–No, Thank You

If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us NO.

I don’t have just one word that I would ban from general use. I have a sentence that I would ban. It is the most over-used sentence in the English language. It means nothing and people use it over and over. It is the sentence, “It is what it is.”

bannedThe sentence “It is what it is” is used by people as a filler when they have nothing else to say. They use it to indicate defeat in a situation, to close a situation, to simply state the obvious. The sentence means nothing in particular. It is such a general statement that no one can quibble with it. Of course a situation “is what it is.” It is a truism. It means nothing. It is an empty statement.

People use this statement when they don’t know what else to say in a particular instance. They may have lost an argument or have lost a court case on television. They really have no comeback except to say, “It is what it is.” They feel they need to have the last word and they need to say something so they use this sentence.

This is the sentence I would ban from general use. No one needs to use this sentence any more. It means nothing. Take it out of your lexicon. It’s gone.

About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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1 Response to Daily Prompt–No, Thank You

  1. grumpycrank says:

    Exactly, the statement is very unmotivating, bland and means really nothing, as you already said. Conversations would have alot of flavour if this statement is left out.

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