SBB opened 2008 with a discussion of Lake Superior State University's banished words, which included the phrase "it is what it is." Well, despite LSSU's efforts, IIWII is alive and well, according to a story on NPR this morning. You'll want to click through for the complete audio clip (it's less than 4 min.), but one highlight is northeast Indiana's own Rep. Mark Souder displaying his usual tenuous grasp of the zeitgeist, seeming to believe that IIWII is a new, fresh-from-New York thing. Well, it's been more than three years since USA Today dubbed IIWII the "Sports Quote of 2004," and a couple of years since the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gave the phrase its "Trite Trophy" two years in a row. Maybe someone should send Souder one of these so he can say "been there, done that, got the T-shirt."