Word of the Day


Banality: Something that is trite, obvious, or predictable; a commonplace.

As read in The Count of Monte Cristo, chapter 50: ” ‘You are still young, signora,’ said Albert, taking refuge in banality in spite of himself, ‘what sufferings can you have experienced?’ ”

So the next time you see a bride and tell her she looks beautiful, that is banal, or predictable.

The next time you walk outside, and, for lack of something more creative to say, remark about the weather (“It’s a bit breezy outside today.”) that’s banal, or obvious.

And the next time you shake hands with your shadow and tell him or her, “it’s so nice to meet you,” not only is that banal, but that is strange and you should seek professional help.

You are welcome for today’s lesson.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kelsea
    Aug 09, 2006 @ 10:09:00

    Only you. only you.

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  2. Kelsea
    Aug 10, 2006 @ 00:29:00

    PS~ when did talking with your shadow become predictable?

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  3. Daisy
    Aug 10, 2006 @ 07:33:00

    I didn’t say talking to your shadow was predictable, I said the prescriptive greeting of “It’s so nice to meet you,” is banal. What if you are in a hurry and it’s really not nice to stop and meet someone? It doesn’t matter because you are supposed to say that anyway, regardless of how you feel about the matter.

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