hackneyed adj Overused
and thus cheapened;
trite; banal. [Middle English hakeney, a place where
horses having a gait
characterized by pronounced flexion of the knee and
suited for routine
riding were raised.]
are plenty of books around that tell you what words and
to use. Some, naturally, are in dictionary
form. This is not
one of them. I am not qualified to tell anybody
else what words not
Because the word "hackneyed" is used so
much in those
other books, it too has become to my ear trite and
banal -- in a word --
hackneyed. So I don't use it, that's all.
You do not have to look far to find
against all kinds of words and expressions. A
half a dozen supercilious
sniffings come readily to mind...
Hah! Each in its
own way has become self-referent.
Thus does "banality" lack both
taste, while "bromide" is obvious and dull. The
word "cliché," which
once was fresh, has become stereotyped through
By now, "commonplace" is so widely known as to be
dismissed at once, along
with "platitude," despite its air of
significance. Finally, "truism"
is so self-evident as scarcely to need stating.