What is a word for a topic or social discourse that has been spoken about too much? Often these topics generate a lot of heat, in media and on different platforms, without making any distinct progress. Various individuals will pronounce opinions and bring out the same argument points over and over. Many examples can be found in current affairs (e.g. immigration, religious radicalism, etc.).

  • A tired topic. .
    – Xanne
    Commented May 30, 2017 at 2:31
  • You can call it the same old same old. Commented May 30, 2017 at 3:42
  • I'd use "stale" to refer to the arguments, e.g., "the same old stale arguments advanced for (against) X." X, however, is usually not stale itself, but an important topic that is only slowly, very slowly, approaching resolution. Racism, for example, is not a stale issue, but the arguments of the racists to support their superiority were stale long ago.
    – ab2
    Commented Aug 27, 2017 at 19:55

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The topic might be a dead horse.

To beat a dead horse is to overwork the topic. However if you ae overworking the topic deliberately, you can always claim that:

"There is no horse so dead that we can't beat it one more time."


A term often used on the internet is flame war - an argument that has been had many times and is certain to rile people. in this case, there are two sides to the story and everyone is convinced that their side is correct. I'm not certain that this term has a wider (meatspace) currency, though.


Moot topics : debatable or disputed topics with very little practical outcome dictionary

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