Reading a newspaper article by a sympathetic journalist about a politician fallen from glory, Gert learned that some years ago when he had suffered a career setback, he was enormously comforted by some wise words from his wife. Can you guess what she said?
It is what it is.
Did you, dear reader, fling your iPad/ laptop/ Smartphone across the room with a volley of curses when you read that? Did you go so far as to kick the cat? In other words, are you as fed-up with this asinine saying as Gert is?
Next time someone slaps you with this wet fish of platitude, stamp your feet and insist that it isn’t what it is, or it is what it isn’t.
I’ll let you in on a secret. The truth, and the source of most of our daily frustrations, is (if I can use that word):
It isn’t what it isn’t.