Each of the following sentences is followed by four words or group of words. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate word or group of words.
What is the correct answer?
His remarks were filled with _____ , which sounded lofty but presented nothing new to the audience.
Correct Answer :
An aphorism is a short witty sentence (not lofty) which expresses a general truth or observation. Bombast is the use of long, important sounding words with little meaning in an attempt to impress others. (Note that the definition is silent on presented nothing new.) An adage is something which people often say and which expresses a general truth about some aspect of life. (It need not be lofty.)