The Gift of the Magi

Aphorisms: Trite or True?

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While aphorisms can sometimes quickly capture profound truth, other times, they can appear trite.

Some synonyms for trite include “stale, tired, worn, commonplace, corny, hackneyed, clichéd, banal, or unoriginal.”

With your class, brainstorm about things that could be called “trite.” Then, complete one of the following sentence frames based on your own opinion.

  • “It is better to give than to receive” is trite because….
  • While “It is better to give than to receive” might seem trite, it is nonetheless true because….

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