1. A phrase of apology or consolation in response to someone’s terrible situation or news. This is given as a symbolic gesture when there is nothing that can be said to explain your support, and care of this person without sounding weird.
Ex:” Yeah, My dad fought really hard, but he couldn’t make it.” “…hey man, wanna go to Disneyland?”
Origin: The Nerdist Podcast host, Chris Hardwick and guest Hannibal Buress were discussing what happens when someone dies and there is no way that you can say anything to make that person feel better, but you still want to say some statement of support that shows that you care and you are there for them without being creepy. Since the nature of this “I support you” statement is often awkward, this phrase instead would provide comic levity as well as show support.
See also: Flarb