easy-Speak - Toastmaster Automation!       
easy-Speak - Toastmaster Automation!

Pathways with easy-Speak



 Remember me

I forgot my password

Don't have an account yet?
You can register for FREE

My Communication


easy-Speak Training

Need to ask a question?

HelpNeed to ask a question? - or could you help and answer questions?

Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 26th April 2018
Archive | Previous word | Today's word |

platitude (noun) PLAT-i-tewd

Commonplace remark, banal statement made as though it were important or helpful, the quality of banality or dullness.

It is often said that we have no satisfactory translation of "Don Quixote." To those who are familiar with the original, it savours of truism or platitude to say so, for in truth there can be no thoroughly satisfactory translation of "Don Quixote" into English or any other language.

John Ormsby, in his preface to his translation of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quijote (Don Quixote). Amazon

To have come within the reach of the good things of political life, to have made his mark so as to have almost insured future success, to have been the petted young official aspirant of the day,—and then to sink down into the miserable platitudes of private life, to undergo daily attendance in law-courts without a brief, to listen to men who had come to be much below him in estimation and social intercourse, to sit in a wretched chamber up three pairs of stairs at Lincoln's Inn, whereas he was now at this moment provided with a gorgeous apartment looking out into the Park from the Colonial Office in Downing Street, to be attended by a mongrel between a clerk and an errand boy at 17s. 6d. a week instead of by a private secretary who was the son of an earl's sister, and was petted by countesses' daughters innumerable,—all this would surely break his heart.

Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn. Amazon

"Every one to his taste!" said Harriet, who always delivered a platitude as if it was an epigram.

E.M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread. Amazon

Anatomically speaking, I'm not entirely sure where my hackles actually are. But when I read an unleavened platitude such as: 'Children are the most important thing in the world. They're all we have left', they sure as hell rise.

David Benedict, The Observer, 4 September 2005, Observer
reviewing Edwin Wintle's Breakfast with Tiffany: An Uncle's Memoir. Amazon

Join the Contributors | Suggestions & Comment | Link to us | Grammarian's Print

Toastmaster Automation v2.20 - Sponsored by Malcolm Warden   © 2005-18 MalW

Privacy Policy   (Revised 2012-07-01 16:00)
The names Toastmasters International and all other Toastmasters International trademarks and copyrights are the sole property of Toastmasters International
This website is developed, supported and financed by Toastmaster members for use in their own clubs and is only available to Toastmaster clubs. It is not financed or supported by Toastmasters International in any way.