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Daemon
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banal

(adjective) Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite.

Synonyms: stock, threadbare, hackneyed, old-hat, well-worn, tired

Usage: By his twelfth book, his plots had become downright banal.
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:12:15 AM

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I've got an old hat, I'm going to have to start refering to it as my banal.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:03:41 AM

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Sounds much more chic.
Alenka
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good to know
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Pronunciation: bê-næl, bay-nêl

Notes: Today's word is one that many English-speaking folk avoid using because we are not sure how to pronounce it. In addition to the two pronunciations given above, the British tend to prefer [bê-nahl]. Do use this very Good Word with whichever pronunciation fits the flow of your sentence; they are all correct. The noun is banality and the verb, meaning "to make banal", is banalize [bay-nêl-aiz].

In Play: Banal combines the senses of commonplace and boring: "Reality television has helped those of us who think their lives banal understand the banality of the lives of others." If it is boring, it is likely to be banal: "Francis, what could be more banal than dinner and a movie? Take me bungee-jumping or white-water rafting, for heaven's sake!"

Word History: Today's Good Word comes from Old French banal "related to compulsory feudal service", based on ban "summons to military service". The meaning of our word today then comes from the French sense related to the lives of serfs, which were very ordinary and uninteresting to the keepers of the language in those days. In Old English bannan meant "to proclaim, speak publicly", reflecting the original meaning of the root (bha- "to speak"). This root emerged in Latin as fari "to speak". The present participle of fari is fan(t)s "speaking", so "not speaking" would be infan(t)s—a word which also meant "infant", a non-speaking human being.

http://www.alphadictionary.com/goodword/word/banal
striker
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i live a banal lifestyle
Fredric-frank Myers
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I once knew someone that was banal, but after 14 years I divorced her...
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It's better late than never !
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