Higginbotham such a dinner was advertisement of his worldly achievement and prosperity, and he honored it by delivering platitudinous
sermonettes upon American institutions and the opportunity said institutions gave to any hard-working man to rise - the rise, in his case, which he pointed out unfailingly, being from a grocer's clerk to the ownership of Higginbotham's Cash Store.
He winced, but Joan rattled on with the platitudinous
originality of youth.
We have seen books like In the Shadow of the Liberator, written by Richard Gott, a former KGB "agent of influence" whose tome, in the words of The New Republic, is "platitudinous
," "cartoonish," "outdated" and written by a man whose "romantic predisposition has clouded [his] ability to judge any regional political development since the good old days of revolution in the 1960s." What we haven't seen, until now, is a thoughtful examination of the Chavez phenomenon from journalists with a wide-ranging, hands-on knowledge of Venezuela's tragic political history.
cardinals over retirement age and 20 bishops at or nearing 75, careerist clergy with scarlet fever are piling up frequent flyer miles, attending installations, retirement dinners and funerals where their presence is chronicled by local diocesan papers with platitudinous
sentiments intended to pass as episcopal wisdom.
Two days before he was even sworn in, at a speech at Georgetown University, he declared that "economic security" would be a primary goal of his foreign policy, saying "We cannot sustain an active engagement abroad without a sound economy at home." That might have sounded platitudinous
then, no more than a leftover campaign slogan.
Poetic Justice raises some of these important questions, but the answers are often no more than platitudinous
assertions: "Literary understanding ...
Here are ten more or less meandering, more or less platitudinous
meditations on art, mainly literary art, fashioned around the central premise that Winterson is something powerfully important in the history of literary Modernism, perhaps even its culminating event.
Speaking to Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement programme ahead of the Health Minister's statement, he said: "I suspect we will see something that is fairly broad and somewhat platitudinous
but this, in a sense, is setting a scene, I think, over what's to happen in the next six to nine months.
Sadly his reply, and I quote, came replete with the oftrepeated platitudinous
corporate speech: "This is a temporary situation while we continue with our scheme to create a Castle Quarter and a crossing linking Cardiff Castle to High Street."
Slater then proceeded in deliciously droll, eyebrow-raised fashion to recite his ineptly supplied, platitudinous
awards speech, replete with supposedly idiosyncratic tailorings like the gratuitoususe of the word "guys," as if issuing forth from a hip Hollywood actor.
Today's administration was "an utterly philistine Government, whose Prime Minister recently read a platitudinous
speech about the health of the arts, when his own horizons are rock and pop," he said.
Those who subscribe to a racing channel are professionals and well-versed enthusiasts who do not need a diet of jovial comment, platitudinous
interview and the regurgitation of what they've already read in these pages.