from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vapid or meaningless remark; a commonplace; nonsense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An insipid or trifling thought or expression; a commonplace.
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I felt a certain self-complacency, a certain presentiment of your satisfaction in seeing your collection swelling into something really worth while; and having the pen in my hand to write to you, I was on the point of putting on the paper some such/fadaise/as this: 'It was a capital thought in me, dearest Helen, the making of this collection for you.