Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them. – Henry Ford
A new Marist Poll found that for the ninth consecutive year, Americans say “whatever” is the most annoying word or phrase used in casual conversation.
The Marist Poll also found:
33% of Americans consider “whatever” to be the most annoying word or phrase. The recent addition of “fake news” takes second place with 23% followed closely by “no offense, but” with 20%. 11% think “literally” is the most grating word used in conversation while 10% assert “you know what I mean” is the most agitating.
You can read more about the poll HERE.
The phrase that ticked me off the most in 2017 is “It is what it is.”
If you look up “It is what it is” on a website like Urban Dictionary it says it is used often in the business world and that this incredibly versatile phrase can be literally translated as “**** it.”
Here’s one reason the phrase “It is what it is” ticks me off.
Around this time last year, I purchased a new set of Michelin tires for my SUV. I paid a pretty penny for them and a few months later I had a flat. The service manager at the local dealership told me a nail was in a position on the tire that it might not be able to be permanently fixed. I said I’d like a new tire and that the warranty would probably cover most of it.
He then informed me that I did not “purchase” the warranty. After some detective work, it was discovered his predecessor (who had been fired) did not offer me the warranty. He then tried to cover saying my vehicle was too old and that was the reason, but that excuse was quickly debunked by me.
After going up the “chain of command” at the dealership, they decided not to charge me labor (big deal) and give me a free car wash (another big deal).
After the new tire was placed on my vehicle a few days later (they had to order it), the service manager and I had another discussion and he brushed me off with the phrase, “It is what it is.” In other words, it was like he was telling me “**** it.”
I should have replied, “Whatever!”