Usually at the end of a speech, as if such remarks were fresh, and special for the occasion, e.g.

  • I've said it before and I'll say it again: hasty climbers have sudden falls

  • I'm against all that, and you know why? Give them an inch and they will take a yard

  • ...and remember my words: there's no smoke without fire

  • What about coining "phrase-boor" ? :-)) Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 1:59
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    One might call such remarks 'suck-filled platitudes'.
    – Erik Kowal
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 2:14
  • @ErikKowal Would there be a noun or adjective for the person who uses it?
    – Centaurus
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 2:21
  • See my answer below.
    – Erik Kowal
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 2:49

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Such a person could be described as a platitudinarian, which the online Merriam-Webster defines as

One given to the use of platitudes ;

or the similar term platitudinizer, which Dictionary.com defines as

[One who] utter[s] platitudes.

However, these descriptors are not in particularly common use. If I personally needed to describe such a person, I'd probably go for something more generic like reciter of platitudes, {tedious / pompous} windbag, or even sententious bloviator.

  • Great. Exactly the word I was looking for. Unfortunately, and correct me if I'm wrong, it seems to me I shouldn't use it unless I'm talking to someone who is extremely well-versed in the English language. I mean, if I had heard someone using that word yesterday, I wouldn't understand it.
    – Centaurus
    Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 16:57
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    If we all only use words that we are sure our entire audience will understand, no one will ever learn any new words... Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 19:31

'Panglossian' is the closest I can get to the word you want. 'Panglossian' is an adjective describing the character in Voltaire's play 'Candide'. Dr. Pangloss is Candide's teacher of philosophy. Dr. Pangloss utters banalities whenever a crisis occurs: e.g., 'Everything is for the best, in this, the best of all possible worlds.' The cliches are delivered by a pedant who dispenses his 'wisdom' as if they were newly discovered truths.

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