What is commonplace?

  • (adj): Obvious and dull.
    Example: "Commonplace prose"
    Synonyms: banal, trivial
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on commonplace, commonplaces:

1980s before satellite television became commonplace, in order to provide video to what would otherwise be an audio-only interview ... It was commonplace in such news programs as The Journal on CBC Television ... technique has become much less commonplace with the proliferation of live satellite television feeds, but is still used today when such technology is not available ...
Commonplace Book
... Commonplace books (or commonplaces) were a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books ... Commonplace" is a translation of the Latin term locus communis (from Greek tópos koinós, see literary topos) which means "a theme or argument of general ... In this original sense, commonplace books were collections of such sayings, such as John Milton's commonplace book ...
Commonplace Book - Published Examples
... John Milton, “Milton’s Commonplace Book,” in John Milton Complete Prose Works, gen ... Forster, "Commonplace Book," ed ... "Commonplace Book" ...
Commonplace Book - Literary References To Commonplacing
... how large were their indebtedness to their diary and commonplaces ... characters including Klaus Baudelaire and the Quagmire triplets keep commonplace books ... Ondaatje's The English Patient, Count Almásy uses his copy of Herodotus's Histories as a commonplace book ...
Commonplace (album)
... Commonplace (stylised as commonplace) is the sixth album of the Japanese band Every Little Thing, released on March 10, 2004 ...

More definitions of "commonplace":

  • (adj): Completely ordinary and unremarkable.
    Example: "Air travel has now become commonplace"; "commonplace everyday activities"

Famous quotes containing the word commonplace:

    The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883–1955)

    Though Americans talk a good deal about the virtue of being serious, they generally prefer people who are solemn over people who are serious. In politics, the rare candidate who is serious, like Adlai Stevenson, is easily overwhelmed by one who is solemn, like General Eisenhower. This is probably because it is hard for most people to recognize seriousness, which is rare, especially in politics, but comfortable to endorse solemnity, which is as commonplace as jogging.
    Russell Baker (b. 1925)

    His misfortune was that he loved youth—he was weak to it, it kindled him. If there was one eager eye, one doubting, critical mind, one lively curiosity in a whole lecture-room full of commonplace boys and girls, he was its servant. That ardour could command him. It hadn’t worn out with years, this responsiveness, any more than the magnetic currents wear out; it had nothing to do with Time.
    Willa Cather (1873–1947)