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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for November 1, 2021 is:
inane ih-NAYN adjective
Inane means “lacking significance, meaning, or point.” Synonyms are silly, empty, or insubstantial.
// The host of the show greeted the audience with inane, but funny, remarks.
“And because the leader insists ‘There are no bad ideas,’ everyone pipes up with inane or irrelevant suggestions.” — Morey Stettner, The Investor’s Business Daily, 24 Sept. 2021
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Inane suggests emptiness in thought or meaning, and as a noun it has similar use, as in “thoughts making excursions into the incomprehensible inane” (the example is attributed to the 17th-century philosopher John Locke). The noun is not often used nowadays, but the adjective fills the void.