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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Definitions for bromide

  1. a platitude or trite saying.
  2. Chemistry. a. a salt of hydrobromic acid consisting of two elements, one of which is bromine, as sodium bromide, NaBr. b. a compound containing bromine, as methyl bromide.
  3. Pharmacology. potassium bromide, known to produce central nervous system depression, formerly used as a sedative.

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Citations for bromide
There have been many remarks made about time, and life, and most of these have become bromides. What writers call clichés. Grace Metalious, Peyton Place, 1956
Indeed, the more experienced he got, the more he realized that nearly every one of the old bromides worked just as well in the twenty-first century as in the eighteenth or nineteenth. Folklore, word of mouth, and old wives' tales, like stereotypes, always contained a generous dollop of truth, especially when it came to human behavior. Michael Walsh, Hostile Intent, 2009
Origin of bromide
Bromide is a combination of bromo- (a combining form used in the names of chemical compounds that contain bromine) and -ide, a suffix used in chemical compounds. Some bromides were used as sedatives, giving rise to the metaphorical extension of the term in the early 1900s.