Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

That’s Crazy

 that's crazyIs there a word or a phrase you use (or overuse) all the time,

and are seemingly unable to get rid of?

If not, what’s the one that drives you crazy when others use it?

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That’s crazy that you should ask for one that drives me crazy because, it’s… um, well, it’s “That’s crazy.”

I became aware of the verbal tick about a year or so ago. It seemed everyone was using it. I managed to resist. Which is a feat, because I adopt current slang without realizing it.

Interestingly, today I read that the Urban Dictionary describes it as a generic term that denotes an implied sympathetic reaction to your correspondent’s story, but since you haven’t really been listening, you’re covered.

Reiner has started to use the phrase.


Inspired by the Daily Prompt 

(Why don’t you drop on over to see who else thinks that’s crazy.)

And my good buddy Stephanie who, like me, is playing catch-up with the current trendy talk.

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63 replies

  1. That’s crazy! My daughter says it to me ALL the time……


  2. I don’t have a verbal tic per se, but since I don’t enjoy small talk, I do hone in on other people’s responses. My least favorite phrase that I hear people using is: “It is what it is.” It is beyond me why the energy was even spent making those sounds that convey absolutely nothing.


    • I think I understand, Michelle. People use a phrase out of context… they parrot the bon mot du jour (forgive the excess snootiness there) to fill up space. Do I get your meaning?

      One phrase, or any variation of “unless you’ve been living under a rock” flips a switch for me. I get riled up and defensive. So what if I haven’t been following the “news”? Don’t mock me or my preferences to remove myself from the noise.

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      • The rock comment is pretty rude, though – it goes beyond just filling space. My pet peeve is fairly petty, I suppose.


        • Hey, Michelle – I didn’t know what to say here, so I didn’t say a thing. But then a second comment from Walt (see below) came by. I must be missing something regarding the saying “It is what it is.”

          When I say it, I mean ” no point fighting it, resistance is futile, accept your lot, that sort of thing. I’m interested in hearing more, if you’d like to expand on how the phrase is used when it troubles you.


          • I’ve actually seen it printed on plaques to hang up in your home – as in, it’s been codified, commercialized and rendered meaningless. When someone says that, I assume they know nothing and as Walt says, have just given up. It’s also a way of passive-aggressively cutting off a conversation. But that might just be me doing that over-thinking thing that I do on occasion.


  3. Really? That’s crazy! Really?


  4. This is some crazy stuff here Maggie. Good stuff but, crazy stuff. I liked it.


  5. Seriously? When I write, I write the story, then go back and edit. I put in some snark and take out the redundancies. I find that I write “seriously” a lot so I’m guessing I must say it too. Seriously.


  6. My verbal tics involve variants on the word “interesting” or “Oh, I see” when neither of them really apply.


  7. Oh, Maggie….bad enough that you know it is implied sympathetic reaction from non-listening, but now Reiner is doing it, also?? That’s crazy…


  8. I would like to think what word(s) I use to excess, but, a bit like when I visit the dentist, I my mind goes blank. 😀


  9. “oh my God” is the one I’d like to chuck from my responses. Perhaps I’ll substitue “that’s crazy” or even go out on a limb and say “you’re crazy” 🙂


  10. You’re crazy! (Just practicing)


  11. Now you’ve done it … I’m already starting to obsess about the things I might be saying that drive other people crazy and I don’t even know it!

    Although I know I used to drive my former boss crazy because I won’t say anything. He called me passive-aggressive but I really was often at a loss for words…..
    We didn’t get along very well…..


  12. It’s not me I swear… but running rampant in my place of employment is: “You know what I mean?” – sometimes I am tempted to say NO! WTF are you talking about? but alas, I just smile and nod…


  13. Hi Maggie,

    These days everyone seems to be saying “Iknowright?” And it’s contagious. People who otherwise don’t seem susceptible to catch phrases seem to be catching onto that one. That’s a bother.

    I agree with the commenter above who called attention to “It is what it is.” That’s an indicator of give-up.

    I have a co-worker who, when introducing a new initiative, will always finish his schpiel with the phrase “so that’s the big thing for that.” If the rest of what he had to say wasn’t so substantive, that ending would drive me bonkos. But he’s actually quite a good communicator, aside from that quirk.


    • Hi Walt. Thanks for joining the conversation.

      I suppose in context, “so that’s the big thing for that” might not seem as vapid as it does here. But still. It does seem that dialogue, or conversation has been reduced to meme-speak. Not sure what to think about that. It indicates that you are online, that your are following and absorbing the current trends, but does it mean anything other than that? Should we care?

      I don’t know. I am so far removed from the workplace and even the social place that I think I may have lost touch.

      As for “It is what it is.” I must be missing something, for both you and Michelle are thoughtful and profound writers, from my POV. But I don’t find anything lacking or otherwise unattractive about the saying. Perhaps it is being bandied about in a manner with which I am not familiar?


    • Thank you, Walt, for the mention on your post today. In the context of your story, I completely understand the aversion to the saying. It is used as a cop-out.


  14. I like when I something along the lines of “that’s crazy” and then realize they asked me a question or it’s totally inappropriate for the situation, or I don’t have an answer or can’t offer any help.

    “My dog was hit by a car”

    me: “That’s crazy”

    “That cat just puked all over your new golf shoes”

    me: “That’s crazy”

    “Do you think we should still be married?”

    me: “That’s crazy”

    “I’ve been so depressed. Might off myself.”

    me: “That’s crazy”

    I don’t even know what my point is. 🙂


  15. Brilliant, ‘that’s crazy’, is such a common phrase, I forgot it! Have also found a fantastic post with a sermon on the word ‘fuck’! It is well worth looking at…. not something I’d say lightly.


  16. OK, because I was off from work yesterday and today but still keeping in touch with email through the damn company cell, half of what I read, I thought, “that’s crazy.” WTH, Maggie?! Naturally I had to go back and laugh through the entire post again AND THEN I read the comments! ‘If the foo shits’?! Where in the heck did that come from? Oh, I can’t want to get to work on Monday and use that one. Why? Cause it is what it is. A former boss of mine always said that. Thank goodness that phrase left as soon as he did.


    • OK, you might curse me for this, Lois, but since you asked, here’s the joke:

      An American missionary travels to a remote island in the South
      Pacific. Upon arriving, he is greeted by jubilant tribesmen and
      dancing hula girls, all chanting a song whose chorus contains the
      syllable “foo” repeated over and over.

      The tribal chieftain tells the missionary that he is just in time for
      the “Foo Festival,” a traditional time of homage and respect for a
      local bird which is revered as a powerful, godlike being. The
      missionary smiles and nods at the myths of these simple people, and
      asks to learn more about the Foo Bird.

      The chief says that the bird, although small, is known for its copious
      feces. In fact, the chief points out, the whole island is encrusted
      with dried Foo doo. It is considered to be a great honor for the Foo
      Bird to fly above your domicile and bless your roof with his
      droppings. The Foo Bird’s excrement brings good fortune and blessings
      to all the people, and it would be a sin to disturb the piles of Foo
      poo that have accumulated everywhere.

      The missionary is a bit disconcerted by this strange belief, and he
      begins to say something when he hears a tiny “chirp!” and a blob of
      avian doody lands on his shoulder. He looks up to see that above him
      flaps the Foo Bird, ready to drop another load.

      Disgusted, the missionary takes out his handkerchief and wipes away the Foo feces.

      He drops dead on the spot.

      The chief looks at down him sadly and says, “Truly it is written: If
      the Foo shits, wear it!”


  17. I was reading through here, wondering what trite shit I reel off, annoying or not. My husband just stuck his head in from the kitchen to tell me my oven cooking chips are pretty brown on the edges.

    “Yep – no worries!” I say, continuing to type here. Hmmmmm. 😀


  18. (How on earth do you get so many damn comments?! You rock!)

    Okay, to the point:

    “I adopt current slang without realizing it.” Yep, me, too. Seriously.

    “It is what it is” is a cousin to “whatever is meant to be will be” which is a rule I live by. Seriously.

    Um, what else caught my eye… wait a minute while I go check… oh yes…

    OMG, I drop the f-bomb twenty times a day, to Prince Charming’s eternal dismay. (Because he’s so f-ing proper — not!)

    I use “I hear ya” prolly in place of “That’s crazy” having never heard the term “That’s crazy” in the manner in which you have written about it before today. My brother uses “I feel ya” in much the same way.

    We don’t have any issues here with “Do ya know what I mean?” but I personally use “No worries” quite often instead of a simple “you’re welcome.”

    Am I done? I think I’m done. Seriously.



    • The number of comments? Full moon is my answer. Took me by surprise, too. Pleasantly, of course, but also a tiny bit freaked out.

      One saying that I use quite often is “I know!” a la Monica Geller. My niece will love me for this. She’s a diehard Friends fan.

      PS – magic edit button to the rescue – “some” to “so” in three easy steps!

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      • (I think I love you for covering my A$$ on the typo.)

        I see A Cheesy Little Story has quite a respectable number of comments, as well. I can’t wait to read it. Of course, the moon is still just a tad full, so we’ll see if your theory holds water after the weekend.

        I TOTALLY use “I know!” in that same way, all the f-ing time. Sometimes it’s “I know, right?!” (My children are also life-long Friends fans. Seriously, they can quote entire episodes. It’s just a little bit pathetic, but, you know, funny as hell.)

        Oh, and apparently, I use “ya know?” a lot, too.



        • This has been a good weekend for me comments-wise. I can see why the top bloggers basically post, sit back, and allow their followers to have a field day in the comments section without responding. Because if they did, they’d never get away from the keyboard.

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  19. I’m OK with most phrases until they start getting misused. When certain phrases get so popular that people start saying them as a reaction without thinking about whether or not they apply. I try to think about the words/phrases I say, Every now and then my wife or I will point out to the other that we’re using a word too much.


    • Hey Dan – thanks for reading and commenting.

      “people start saying them as a reaction without thinking about whether or not they apply.”

      I think I might fall into that category – once I adopt a phrase, it sticks. And it gets a workout. Words are out of my mouth before I can judge whether they are appropriate. I think that’s why I was so determined to avoid the phrase “that’s crazy” – I too a disliking to it from the get-go.



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