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Opinions on the use of trite phrases

(A discussion thread excerpted from here.)

I'm currently enrolled in an introductory Business Communication/Writing class (pretty cool I might say) and the instructor cautioned us to avoid 'trite expressions' in our writing/speaking/etc. Phrases like "thank you for your time" and so on; generic throwaways. I'm curious to see what other people think of these kinds of expressions, and if anyone would like to share particular phrases that they find to be trite and/or meaningless.



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