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.
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