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buh na li tee

  • n  a trite or obvious remark

  • What Hannah Arendt called the banality of evil has engendered an astonishing banality of explanation.
  • It is a banality, a clich, but it is a point on which many Americans, possibly including Richard Nixon himself, seem confused.
  • This address at Kenyon was vintage Wallace: a smart, occasionally meandering discussion of the issues that consumed him, from the banality of life to the meaning of consciousness.

  • Simon Crean in The Age
    He's the one that sought to mastermind my demise from the parliament,Mr Crean said. "I know the banality and the viciousness in him. Such a person, unless he's prepared to change his ways, should do the honourable thing and quit as deputy...
  • Edward Norton in Courier Mail
    People who liked Fight Club, I think will like this film a lot because on a deep psych level, it's about the same things,Norton says. "It's about fantasy as a desperate attempt to get away from the numbing banality of what the modern world...
  • Robert Gates in The Conservative Voice
    Reading the transcript, I sort of had the ...... reaction that this was the banality of evil. Hearing this guy go through this incredible list. I did this and then I did that, so on and so forth,Gates said.

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