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16th Nov '16 5:18:12 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Perhaps the most famous example from ''Series/DoctorWho''s half-century run: '''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe}} "There's nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality!"]]'''

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* Perhaps the most famous example from ''Series/DoctorWho''s ''Series/DoctorWho''[='=]s half-century run: '''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe}} "There's nothing you can do to prevent the catharsis of spurious morality!"]]'''
13th Nov '16 6:20:43 PM ading
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* Anytime anyone says to give a [[TwentyPercentMoreAwesome 110%]] effort. Logically, no one can give more than 100% of their true potential, since the definition of "potential" is the ''maximum possible'' you can give. However, it still works in the sense that no one really knows their true potential, so you ''can'' give 110% of your ''perceived'' potential (i.e. what you/people think your potential is), as long as it's not your ''true'' potential.
** It works as a hyperbole, however : you should know how much effort you can produce, so asking to do more than that is obvious exaggeration that rings more like "push your limits". Of course, if that becomes lost on somebody who doesn't understand the hyperbole, then yes it probably becomes meaningless.
28th Sep '16 11:21:38 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': The ancient mantra of the Knuckles Clan, "The servers are the seven chaos. Chaos is power, enriched by the heart. The controller is the one that unifies the chaos", became this in the comic. It came from the games, where it actually made sense, as it was saying (albeit in a somewhat cryptic way) that the seven [[MineralMacguffin Chaos Emeralds]] will lend their powers to their holder, these powers are activated and fueled by emotions, and the Master Emerald has control over them. But in the Archie Sonic universe, [[OrphanedReference Chaos Emeralds were far more numerous and disposable and had never been shown to react to emotions,]] [[AdaptationInducedPlothole and the Master Emerald didn't exist until recent years and wasn't anything really special, being just a large Chaos Emerald.]] The writers seemed to realize this (or perhaps [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't]] [[CriticalResearchFailure know the actual meaning...]]), as they tried to HandWave it by taking the first sentence a tad bit too literally and saying that it referred to seven [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Chao]] ''who were called the Seven Servers'' and had been transformed into seven Super Emeralds long ago. Too bad that this still left most of mantra unexplained and only resulted in it [[VoodooShark becoming even more confusing and nonsensical]]...

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* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': The ancient mantra of the Knuckles Clan, "The servers are the seven chaos. Chaos is power, enriched by the heart. The controller is the one that unifies the chaos", became this in the comic. It came from the games, where it actually made sense, as it was saying (albeit in a somewhat cryptic way) that the seven [[MineralMacguffin Chaos Emeralds]] will lend their powers to their holder, these powers are activated and fueled by emotions, and the Master Emerald has control over them. But in the Archie Sonic universe, [[OrphanedReference Chaos Emeralds were far more numerous and disposable and had never been shown to react to emotions,]] [[AdaptationInducedPlothole and the Master Emerald didn't exist until recent years and wasn't anything really special, being just a large Chaos Emerald.]] The writers seemed to realize this (or perhaps [[TheyJustDidntCare they just didn't]] didn't [[CriticalResearchFailure know the actual meaning...]]), as they tried to HandWave it by taking the first sentence a tad bit too literally and saying that it referred to seven [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Chao]] ''who were called the Seven Servers'' and had been transformed into seven Super Emeralds long ago. Too bad that this still left most of mantra unexplained and only resulted in it [[VoodooShark becoming even more confusing and nonsensical]]...
23rd Sep '16 12:16:03 PM SolipSchism
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Some people think that throwing around "meaningful" words such as "eternal", "chronicle", and so on makes language sound more important, more imposing, more... something. It's the same with uncalled-for synonyms, words such as "utilize" in place of "use", "dialogue" as a verb, and so on, [[DelusionsOfEloquence especially if they're used incorrectly]]. This can be used in both [[{{Malaproper}} character dialogue]] and narration.

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Some people think that throwing around "meaningful" words such as "eternal", "chronicle", and so on makes language sound more important, more imposing, more... something. It's the same with uncalled-for synonyms, words such as "utilize" in place of "use", "dialogue" as a verb, "said" (as in, "aforementioned") instead of "the", and so on, [[DelusionsOfEloquence especially if they're used incorrectly]]. This can be used in both [[{{Malaproper}} character dialogue]] and narration.
23rd Sep '16 12:08:03 PM SolipSchism
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Some people think that throwing around "meaningful" words such as "eternal", "chronicle", and so on makes language sound more important, more imposing, more... something. It's the same with uncalled-for synonyms, words such as "utilize" in place of "use", "dialogue" as a verb, "said" instead of "the," and so on, [[DelusionsOfEloquence especially if they're used incorrectly]]. This can be used in both [[{{Malaproper}} character dialogue]] and narration.

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Some people think that throwing around "meaningful" words such as "eternal", "chronicle", and so on makes language sound more important, more imposing, more... something. It's the same with uncalled-for synonyms, words such as "utilize" in place of "use", "dialogue" as a verb, "said" instead of "the," and so on, [[DelusionsOfEloquence especially if they're used incorrectly]]. This can be used in both [[{{Malaproper}} character dialogue]] and narration.
13th Sep '16 12:24:56 PM Jgamer
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* Okabe Rintaro from ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'' often throws around cool-sounding, but ultimately meaningless phrases like [[TitleDrop "Steins;Gate"]] and "El Psy Congroo" as part of his [[MadScientist Hououin Kyouma]] persona. [[spoiler: Later, his future self does the same thing while giving a pep talk to his past self as part of illustrating his point that all of his experiences thus far have not been meaningless. In particular, he named the world line where Kurisu is alive and the world is safe Steins;Gate.]]
13th Sep '16 11:39:35 AM CheeseDogX
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* In ''[[Literature/Foundation]]'', the planet Terminus is under the threat of annexation by an aggressive neighbor. The Galactic Empire sends an envoy who gives them what sound like assurances that the Empire will not let this happen. However, when the Mayor of Terminus subjects the man's words to symbolic logic, striping away all the meaningless political babble, he's left with...absolutely nothing. The man, in several days of talk, said nothing of any actual substance.

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* In ''[[Literature/Foundation]]'', ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'', the planet Terminus is under the threat of annexation by an aggressive neighbor. The Galactic Empire sends an envoy who gives them what sound like assurances that the Empire will not let this happen. However, when the Mayor of Terminus subjects the man's words to symbolic logic, striping away all the meaningless political babble, he's left with...absolutely nothing. The man, in several days of talk, said nothing of any actual substance.
13th Sep '16 11:38:06 AM CheeseDogX
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* In ''[[Literature/Foundation]]'', the planet Terminus is under the threat of annexation by an aggressive neighbor. The Galactic Empire sends an envoy who gives them what sound like assurances that the Empire will not let this happen. However, when the Mayor of Terminus subjects the man's words to symbolic logic, striping away all the meaningless political babble, he's left with...absolutely nothing. The man, in several days of talk, said nothing of any actual substance.
10th Sep '16 10:32:37 PM WillBGood
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* People afflicted with the MacGuffin in ''Anime/{{Paprika}}'' will start to talk like this. Then they get worse: [[spoiler: Convinced that {{Instrumentality}} is at hand, they'll try to convince their non-afflicted companions with grammatically correct gibberish, marching, violence and finally suicidal behavior.]]

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* People afflicted with the MacGuffin in ''Anime/{{Paprika}}'' will start to talk like this. Then they get worse: [[spoiler: Convinced that {{Instrumentality}} [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] is at hand, they'll try to convince their non-afflicted companions with grammatically correct gibberish, marching, violence and finally suicidal behavior.]]
3rd Sep '16 1:35:31 AM hoodiecrow
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* From ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', in the episode where the First Slayer is chasing the gang in their dreams, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext every word that the Cheese Man says.]]

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* From ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', in the episode where the First Slayer is chasing the gang in their dreams, In Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E22Restless, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext every word that the Cheese Man says.]]
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