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Word of the Day : July 9, 2020

bromide

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noun BROH-myde

Definition

1 : a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (such as potassium bromide2020欧洲杯手机投注) used as sedatives

2 a : a commonplace or tiresome person : bore

b :2020欧洲杯手机投注 a commonplace or hackneyed statement or notion

Did You Know?

After bromine was discovered in the 1820s, chemists could not resist experimenting with the new element. It didn't take long before they found uses for its compounds, in particular potassium bromide. Potassium bromide started being used as a sedative to treat everything from epilepsy to sleeplessness, and by the 20th century, the word bromide2020欧洲杯手机投注 was being used figuratively for anything or anyone that might put one to sleep because of commonness or just plain dullness. Today, bromides are no longer an ingredient in sedative preparations, but we can still feel the effects of figurative bromides as we encounter them in our daily routines.


Examples

"In many ways, he's an outlier on the self-help circuit. Thomas isn't selling shortcuts to success or feel-good bromides. He makes achievement sound grueling. His knack is for transforming those he meets—a CEO, an NBA All-Star, a guy manning the desk at a hotel—into the sort of person who loves digging deep and grinding hard." —

"Currently, Virginia's leaders are engaged in a tax debate over standard deductions for the middle class. Studying that problem would be a bromide2020欧洲杯手机投注 that induces inertia. What is needed is action." —



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What word begins with "b" and can refer to syndicated material supplied to weekly newspapers or to formulaic or hackneyed language?


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