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"It is what it is"?

"It is what it is"? Topic: Concerning essay human locke understanding
June 17, 2019 / By Barbie
Question: Ok, call me crazy, but recently (bout the last year or so) i've noticed EVERYBODY using that phrase... Not to bash on copy-cats, or wanna-bes, but, did i miss out on some "super-cool" reference to that saying that nowadays EVERYONE is repeating it?! Did some celebrity just coin the phrase where now it's ALL over pop culture?! the sheep go BAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH If i'm wrong--then NOBODY has any clue what i'm talking about, but i doubt it...lol. @ Rottie Mom: Questions lie before the question marks. There are a couple above...
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Adelaide Adelaide | 6 days ago
In a 2006 column, Times word maven William Safire could locate no definite origin for the saying. The first use Safire uncovered came in the Nebraska State Journal in 1949 in a piece about pioneer life on the frontier. But he suspected that its origins lie still deeper. Indeed, in An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, philosopher John Locke wrote that "essence may be taken for the very being of anything, whereby it is what it is."
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Tate Tate
This phrase, increasingly used in politics, means don't think too hard about things. As a scientist and rationalist, I would not use it; after all there is a saying "ignorance is bliss", but it isn't it is just ignorance.
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Pete Pete
I blame the collective unconsciousness, or the 100th monkey... I have heard the expression- but not to the level that you're describing- perhaps your circle is more in touch with the collective than mine... or closer to the monkey source- In any case- peace to you and God bless.
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Luke Luke
"It is what it is", in my opinion, has stemmed from political jargon that has seen the American public see past the "politics" of politicians. We are looking for answers, not side talk.
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Jeduthun Jeduthun
I'm not sure exactly what your question is. If it's "what does this mean," it means don't overthink things. Don't look for deeply hidden motives, just take it at face value.
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