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Discussion in 'THREAD ARCHIVES' started by Opal, Sep 19, 2016.

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  1. My google-fu is failing me so I'm hoping y'all might be able to help me with my horrible word finding difficulties, because really I'm not good at English

    ALL RIGHT so you know when you're trying to calm someone down, and while you're speaking to them you try to soothe them with words that might not really be true... uhh... like 'sweet nothings' except definitely not that, because that's for romantic things. Like white lies. I'm stuck on 'placidities' ("he had no [placidities] to offer") but that's not it

    does anyone know what I'm talking about, or am I remembering a word that doesn't actually exist :'(
    #1 Opal, Sep 19, 2016
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  2. Er... Soothing words? x.x that's the best I can do, but I suspect it's something like that anyways.
  3. Oh I know the feeling, quite frustrating.

    Hm, consolation perhaps?
  4. Thinking... Closest word "placidities" with definition match is platitudes.

    Platitudes: "a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful."
    Related: banality, triteness, truisms.

    Ex: "It's okay, bad things happen to everyone!" Stated Sally, who offered naught but platitudes to George in an effort to calm him down.

    That's as close as I can think to what you're looking for.
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  5. Placate or pacify?
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  6. Is placate the word you're looking for?

    There's also this word I found:
    Palliate: to make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause.

    thank you so much!
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