- “at the end of the day”
- “it is what it is”
- “you know”
If my wife represented the average respondent, than the phrase “it is what it is” would have ranked as the most reviled of phrases. (Seriously, if you ever want to provoke an audible sigh and possible eye roll from Maggie, just drop the vaguely fatalistic “it is what it is” in conversation with her.) I’m probably most guilty of the second most annoying phrase, “you know”. It’s a handy phrase to gauge whether a conversation partner is following a train of thought. You know?
And the most annoying phrase? 47% of respondents agreed that “whatever” should immediately be dropped from our collective vocabulary. While I agree and would prefer never again to hear this sarcastic phrase in conversation, what can we actually do about it? After all, it is what it is.