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I was thinking of the word platitude, and I thought of aristoteles because of the "plato"-like sounding thing even though apparently it comes from French. Thanks...

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closed as not a real question by jwpat7, Carlo_R., FumbleFingers, Mahnax, tchrist Sep 26 '12 at 1:22

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Are you thinking of a platitude? – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Sep 24 '12 at 18:45
Yes that was the exact word I was thinking about – Palace Chan Sep 24 '12 at 19:00
Converted to answer. – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Sep 24 '12 at 19:11
I just saw that you changed your question. It should be closed and deleted in its current form. If you roll back the edit, it might stay. – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Sep 24 '12 at 19:12
No, you should not change your question this way after anybody asked to its original form. I endorse cornbread's call to close. – user19148 Sep 24 '12 at 19:54

Are you thinking of a platitude?

An often-quoted saying that is supposed to be meaningful but has become unoriginal or hackneyed through overuse; a cliché.

From Wikipedia:

A platitude is a trite, meaningless, biased, or prosaic statement, often presented as if it were significant and original. The word derives from plat, the French word for "flat."


  • "The power of friendship"

  • "Go with the flow"

  • "Everything happens for a reason"

  • "It is what it is!"

  • "If it's meant to be, it's meant to be"

  • "We need to do what we can do"

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