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    make a difference

    I very frequently hear this expression "make a difference".

    What does it mean exactly?

    Thanks,
    Zoli

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    The phrase "make a difference" is a fairly meaningless, pladitudinous expression that literally means "influence" or "have influence on".

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    Please help me again!

    Sorry,
    maybe I'm not clever enough but I have never heard this word:

    pladitudinous

    and I couldn't find that in the dictionaries.


    Thank you for your answer.

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    Here's what www.dictionary.com found:

    plat·i·tude ( P ) Pronunciation Key (plt-td, -tyd)
    n.
    A trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant. See Synonyms at cliché.
    Lack of originality; triteness.


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    [French, from plat, flat, from Old French. See plate.]
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    plati·tudi·nous (-tdn-s, -tyd-) or plati·tudi·nal (-tdn-l, -tyd-) adj.
    plati·tudi·nous·ly adv.


    If you'relooking for online dictionaries, both this and www.oneloook.com are excellent resources.

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    Now, that is already clear.

    Thanks, and I really like this WebSite.

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