That nice exclamation expressing resignation seems rather old fashioned, right? The Beatles sang "let it be" 60 years ago, is this still current? What do you say nowadays in this context, is there any common or slang equivalent ?

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    Though "so be it" uses some archaic elements, it remains in common use. (Many, many idioms contain fossils of older meanings, usages, grammar, etc.) Other phrases that are sometimes interchangeable with "so be it" include "That's life", "These things happen", "None of my business", "It is what it is", "Not my problem", "Not my monkey; not my circus", "I'll have to deal with it", "Nothing I can do", "That's your prerogative", "It's done", "What is done is done", and "I'm washing my hands of it". Jan 7, 2020 at 7:30
  • Thanks, Mike, what about 'let it be'? Please, your comment is very exaustive, put it into an answer, so that I can accept it
    – user157860
    Jan 7, 2020 at 7:37
  • "Let it be" is also still in wide use, with the phrases "Leave it alone", "Let sleeping dogs lie", and "Don't disturb/bother it" sometimes being usable instead. Jan 7, 2020 at 7:42
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    @KrisW. Yes, I know what "so be it" normally means, and I personally use it the way you describe. But as I said, it is sometimes used to mean "let it be so". Aladdin: I want a huge palace with a thousand servants and a swimming pool. Genie: So be it!
    – nnnnnn
    Jan 7, 2020 at 21:20
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    "so be it" aka amen and "let it be" are completely different. So the title of your question and your comment under the question are not in tune with each other.
    – Lambie
    Jan 8, 2020 at 18:24

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If you mean "I'll stop arguing with you" (like Emperor Palpatine's "So be it, Jedi" in Return of the Jedi), you could say "Fine."

If you mean "I don't care about this" (like Scar's "Then so be it" in The Lion King) you could say "Whatever."


I wouldn't classify this phrase as an interjection, simply because it isn't. MW categorises it as an idiom, at https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/so%20be%20it

And people have traversed from so be it, let it be to just a curt, indifferent shrug to express nonchalance.


It is what it is, voted the Number One Cliche of 2004 by USA Today, and still current.

More here: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.urbandictionary.com/define.php%3Fterm%3DIt%2520is%2520what%2520it%2520is%26amp%3Dtrue


so be it = amen

This is really very basic.

"Amen (/ˌɑːˈmɛn/, /ˌeɪˈmɛn/)[a] (Hebrew אָמֵן, Greek ἀμήν, Arabic آمِينَ, Amharic አሜን) is a declaration of affirmation1 first found in the Hebrew Bible and subsequently in the New Testament. It is used in Jewish, Christian and Muslim worship as a concluding word or response to prayers.2 Common English translations of the word amen include "verily", "truly", and “so be it”. It can also be used colloquially to express strong agreement,2 as in, for instance, certainty, to be sure amen to that."[3]

People says amen all the time in that sense. They also say: You got that right.


whereas "let something be" as in the song "Let It Be"


let (someone or something) be idiom Save Word To save this word, you'll need to log in.

Log In Definition of let (someone or something) be : to not bother or touch (someone or something) Please let me be. I'm not in the mood for company. That's a valuable vase. Let it be.

Merriam Webster: Let something be: an idiom

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