“Banality (noun): An insipidly dull or obvious remark; dreary commonplace. Adj. banal; adv, banally.
‘At moments, in the bar afterwards, I let the rank maleness of my fellows blow through me, and try to think their wrinkled whiskery jowls, their acrid aromas, their urgent and bad-breathed banalities, into some kind of Stendhalian crystallization.’ John Updike, A Month of Sundays”
Excerpted from: Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.