It is what it is
January 16, 2012 9:08 AM Subscribe
When people say, "It is what it is", what do they mean? What does that mean?
posted by CollectiveMind to society & culture (58 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Sometimes when I hear it, it seems to have an inevitability about it, as if the situation is unchangable. As a social catchphrase, it seems darker and less flippant than, "Whatever" or some of the other things we've come to say as a way of passing off something irrelevant or out of our control. But it is everywhere, and I want to understand better why people are saying it and what it means, generally, when they do.