Platitude

A platitude is a trite, meaningless, biased, or prosaic statement, often presented as if it were significant and original. The word derives from plat, the French word for "flat." Whether any given statement is considered to have meaning is highly subjective, so platitude is often—but not always—used as a pejorative term to describe seemingly profound statements that a certain person views as unoriginal or shallow. Examples of statements which could be considered platitudes could be "You only live once", "The power of friendship", "Go with the flow", "Everything happens for a reason", "It is what it is!", "If it's meant to be, it's meant to be", and "We need to do what we can do."

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Kent Bach - Philosophy of Language
... what he labels the "contextualist platitude" which he defines as “Generally what a speaker means in uttering a sentence, even if the sentence is devoid of ambiguity, vagueness, or ... contextualist platitude” does not preclude the “older picture of language and communication” and “a fairly standard semantic-pragmatic distinction.” Pragmatic considerations and context do not ... may depart from the semantic content of the sentence.” The platitude is just that and does not support radical-sounding contextualist or pragmatic theories of language ...
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