Thought-terminating cliche to escape questioning
“It is what is is”
Have you ever heard the statement above?
Most likely the answer is YES.
That sentence is called thought-terminating cliche. It is a technique to halt an argument from moving forward by discouraging critical thought. To understand it, imagine there is this conversation.
A: Why does landslide often happen in this place?
B: Because the soil is composed from rock and clay. Also, heavy rainfall often happen in this place.
A: Why does rain often happen in this place?
B: Well, it is what it is.
— conversation ended —
B could have said that the rain often happen in that place because that region have many bodies of water and exposed to sun throughtout the year. As the result, evaporation happens rapidly then the cloud thicken quickly. More thick cloud means more rainfall. Perhaps B don’t want to prolong the argument or don’t know the answer so he used thought-terminating cliche “it is what it is”. That sentence is a more polite way to say “Stop! The argument ends now”.