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platitudinous (plat-i-TOOD-n-uhs) adjective

Characterized by or resembling a platitude (a trite remark).

[From platitude, from French plat (flat). A related word is plate.]

"Yet, there I totter, there limp laxly. My
Uncomely trudge
To Plateau That and platitudinous Plateau
Whichever is no darling to my grudge-
Choked industry or usual alcohol.
From the poem "A Man of the Middle Class"; Book: The Bean Eaters, 1960.

This week's theme: Words from the Works of Gwendolyn Brooks.


If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. -Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)

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