What's this about bromide? It was suggested as a word representing stating the obvious. I'm not familiar with this expression. English is not my first language.

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    What was the context in which it was used? Have you checked a dictionary definition or two? Commented Jul 25, 2023 at 11:43
  • Does this answer your question? What is a bromide? Commented Jul 25, 2023 at 11:58
  • "I'm not familiar with this expression." <-- Which expression do you mean? "Bromide" is a word, not really an expression. (I'm not nitpicking; I'm wondering whether you have an actual expression in mind.) Commented Jul 25, 2023 at 12:01

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Potassium bromide was widely used as a sedative in the 19th/early 20th century. Hence, the term bromide came to be used to mean, not so much 'stating the obvious' as 'a trite statement intended to reassure people and make them feel good'.

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