"It is what it is"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 1 00:13:41 UTC 2012

More literal than the current usage, but possibly of interest:

1959 _The Naked City_ (ABC-TV): "That is brilliant!" "No. It is what it is.
A bad idea."

"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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