“Lethargic” is too “vital” What qualifies as “trite”?

As “trite” is to “original,” “lethargic” is to “vital.” Lethargic denotes laziness, while vital denotes life. “Original” is the antithesis of “copycat,” which is what the word “trite” signifies. Trite can also indicate overdone, clich├ęd, or tired.

On a wet day, a cat near the window is “lethargic.” A kid playing on a playground is “Vital.” It is “trite” to enjoy the Beatles and leisurely beach strolls. Making up new, unheard-of music is what is meant by “original.”

The use of analogies to measure vocabulary proficiency is common. Reading is the best way to expand your vocabulary, as is looking up the meanings of new terms.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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