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What it is

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I just realized that as much as I scoff at the phrase "It is what it is," I have no problems with Popeye saying, "I yam what I yam."

But "what it is" is a whole 'nother matter.



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Dec. 16th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
I use that phrase regularly when guiding my underlings along through tough patches. When they are in a situation they can't work through because the result isn't the one they want or like but there is nothing further we can do, I throw it out there and tell them to move on, because in our work we can't get bogged down on cases that have reached a dead end - we have way too much work to do. That phrase serves a purpose for me. Someone bought me a plaque for my windowsill - now I can just point to it. (I use the popeye quote too.) av
Dec. 16th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
As W.C. Fields once said, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again—and then quit. No sense being a damned fool about it."
Dec. 17th, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
Hmm. I say it a lot with clients -"It is.." not "I yam..." in an effort to acknowledge the situation for - yep - what it is, and then get them to move on.
Dec. 17th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
I'm going to start saying "It is what it isn't" and "It isn't what it is" just to see what kind of reactions I get.
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