PRONUNCIATION: (plat-i-tood-n-AR-ee-uhn, -tyood-)

MEANING: noun: One who utters platitudes or trite remarks.

ETYMOLOGY: From French plat (flat). Ultimately from the Indo-European root plat- (to spread), which is also the root of flat, to flatter, plan, plant, plantain, plateau, plaza, platinum, supplant, and transplant. Earliest documented use: 1854.
Remove the initial letter and you get latitudinarian.


PLATITUDINARINN - a rooming house where the guests can speak to each other only in trite remarks

PLATOTUDINARIAN - one who assumes the attitudes of Greek philosophy

PLATIPUDINARIAN - an animal-lover who dotes on duck-billed egg-laying mammals from eastern Australia and Tasmania