Empty phrase

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The phrase ( Latin flosculus , Floral ') referred to in the rhetoric of antiquity a maxim or a sentence , later a purely formal phrase or saying .

In the vernacular , many phrases are used without the speaker being aware. A serious, meaningful answer is often expected. What has been said is so charged with empty phrases and other language templates that a clear statement can no longer be recognized. This meets with displeasure with the listener. Therefore, and due to ignorance of the actual definition of the phrase , the term is often used with a negative meaning in everyday life.

Not least due to radio and television media, empty phrases in the German language spread extremely quickly and are subliminal with their users . Through its permanent repetition, the German of its users develops into "Parrot German" (Schenk). “Every phrase in itself does not mean that German is bad. Alone her incessant, compulsive and unconscious use has its users than people who barely insufficiently or not at all undergo the trouble of careful and precise formulation. "Nevertheless phrases may well both components of courtesy and general communications remain without a to be perceived as disturbing; on the contrary: they generally simplify human interaction significantly. Because they are understood without uncertainty as what the speaker wants to express or how he thinks, behaves or feels, due to the socially established social conventions that are related to the respective phrase, there are many phrases - such as those for greeting or for encouragement - generally received positively.

Examples of such mostly meaningless empty phrases are: hold up, I'll say, as I said, at this point, so to speak, accordingly, in this regard, seen in this way, ultimately (instead of ultimately or finally ), in the end, a little bit, assuming the case, not really, eh, I would think, in this respect, in the situation on site, is not in the, more or less / less, (I say) again / again, of the principle / principle / thing from that point of view, from the point of view of the matter, I think, as I said (although the content mentioned on this has not necessarily already been said), if you will / if you will, quasi .

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Web links

Wiktionary: phrase  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hans-Otto Schenk: German as a parrot language. Phrase-German - and how you can find out about it empirically. In: Wortschau No. 10/2010, ISBN 978-3-9812928-5-5 , pp. 8-11.