for you to know the context, I am submitting a sentence.. " the collection of more modern hand-me-downs of talk can be found in.... " what is the meaning of "hand-me-downs of talk" ?


A hand-me-down is

  1. a. something, esp an outgrown garment, passed down from one person to another b. (as modifier) a hand-me-down dress
  2. a. anything that has already been used by another b. (as modifier) hand-me-down ideas

so a hand-me-down of talk would be a well-worn phrase that is not original to the speaker; particularly one that is trite, vacuous, or a cliche.

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  • thank You so much, it will be needed in tomorrow's class – kasia Nov 5 '13 at 16:27
  • I don't think the implication need be phrases that are trite or vacuous; "hand-me-downs of talk" can also be full of meaning and cultural significance. – user13141 Nov 5 '13 at 16:50
  • @onomatomaniak; Are the two pairs opposed? "Two and two are four" is undoubtedly full of meaning and has considerable significance in Western culture. – Tim Lymington Nov 5 '13 at 16:54
  • @TimLymington I do think they are opposed, yes; trite connotes lacking import/significance (and I am saying they can be significant), while vacuous connotes lacking meaning (and I am saying they can be meaningful). – user13141 Nov 5 '13 at 16:57

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