commonplace phrase

See: platitude
References in classic literature ?
She tried to add some commonplace phrases of explanation, accounting as probably as might be for the absence of the usual wedding outfit and wedding-dress.
I could get hold of nothing but of some commonplace phrases, those futile phrases that give the measure of our impotence before each other's trials I mumbled something to the effect that, for the young, life held its hopes and compensations.
Any open-minded reader," writes Vickers, "who takes stock of the large number of instances where John Davies of Hereford uses an identical commonplace phrase to that used by the author of A Lover's Complaint, with the same wording, often in the same grammatical-syntactical construction or position within the verse line, will conclude that the similarities are too great, and too frequent, to be a coincidence" (231).
The commonplace phrase that is traced back to the little bunny's mother in Bambi goes thusly: "'If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
A writers' guide I have had for many years informs me that 'writing packed with cliches lacks freshness and originality, and the constant use of outworn and commonplace phrases is a sure indication of mental laziness'.
If you were to wander through Scotland's courts you would see a lot more people picking up criminal records for shouting "*** the Pope" or "*** the Queen" or commonplace phrases like that.
It is represented in commonplace phrases such as "Western colonialism" as well as in titles of courses in any college catalogue even though at least one writer on Islamic civilization (see Williams, 1971:2-3) once prematurely suggested that separate past civilizations had made way for a new, universal "Modern Technological" civilization.