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- As trite as the lyrics to a fifties hit —Hilma Wolitzer
In her novel, In the Palomar Arms, Wolitzer compares the triteness of old song lyrics to what happens to the words spoken by someone once loved passionately.
- Felt about as fresh as an old piece of chewing gum —Mike Fredman
- Flat and cold as the muffins of this morning’s breakfast —Henry James
In James’ play, Pyramus and Thisbe, this describes personality traits grown stale with overuse and familiarity.
- Flat as last night’s beer —Louis Untermeyer
- Stale as an old cigar —Wilfrid Sheed
- Stale as yesterday’s bread —Arthur A. Cohen
- (But it was all unmeaningful to us, and all the proverbs seemed stiff and) stale, like dusty labels on neglected antiquities —G. K. Chesterton
- Stale, like the butt of a dead cigar —Rudyard Kipling
- Tired as a much-told joke —Anon
|Noun||1.||staleness - unoriginality as a result of being dull and hackneyed|
unoriginality - uncreativeness due to a lack of originality
camp - something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality; "the living room was pure camp"
|2.||staleness - having lost purity and freshness as a consequence of aging|
oldness - the opposite of youngness
freshness - the property of being pure and fresh (as if newly made); not stale or deteriorated; "she loved the freshness of newly baked bread"; "the freshness of the air revived him"