Here is what some one who uses this phrase really means: "Please, please think I am intelligent and know that while I have no idea what nihilism is, I gladly bend over and take what ever it is ... and then I will glibly declare that "it is," I don't care what Bill Clinton said, I think I know what it means. Please strike me squarely in a painful location for trying to sound smart when I am really just wanting to give in and end all discussion and/or productive efforts in the current circumstances."
Think about where a conversation goes after this phrase is spewed into it. Exactly. It's over. IIWII basically communicates ... let's quit. Better yet, let's justify quitting without knowing why. How about it? There's no reason to wrestle any further. By disguising the meaning of the phrase without saying so, you really can't tell that's what it going on. It odiousness defined. Plus, it's doublespeak such that every one can have their own definition while nodding in agreement with those who have their own contrary definition. Agreement without resolution. Sounds like "Bipartisanship's" cousin.
Well, hopefully, you've had a little fun and had your thinking challenged a bit as we counted down the Top 10 most odious words/phrases. So, have you noticed any common themes? I would submit that our Dirty Diez each in some way obscure meaning, display cowardice, and/or demonstrate laziness.
Let us remember that thinking is a moral exercise. Speaking is organized thinking, and writing is thinking organized even more.
To boil it down: Say what you mean. Mean what you say.