Word of the day

The word for today is…

pablum (noun) – 1. A bland soft cereal for infants.
2. Intellectual material that is bland, trite, or insipid.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Food” for anything, 1670s, from Latin pabulum “fodder, food, nourishment,” from PIE root *pa- “to feed” + instrumentive suffix *-dhlom.

Pablum (1932), derived from this, is a trademark (Mead Johnson & Co.) for a soft, bland cereal used as a food for infants and weak and invalid people, hence figurative use (attested from 1970, first by U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew) in reference to “mushy” political prose.


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