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    What is the meaning of formulaic?

    You are cordially invited to take your places.
    'cordially' serves to convey a formulaic tone of politeness to the sentence.

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    Re: What is the meaning of formulaic?

    The sentence is following a formula to be polite and get people into their places on time- there's no real sense of warmth and friendliness there. The next request might drop the 'cordially' to nag a little bit.


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    Re: What is the meaning of formulaic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The sentence is following a formula to be polite and get people into their places on time- there's no real sense of warmth and friendliness there. The next request might drop the 'cordially' to nag a little bit.
    Thanks.

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    Re: What is the meaning of formulaic?

    'Formulaic' is a usually derogatory word meaning 'reliant on a formula'.

    A: What do think of my story plan? It's about a man and a woman who meet, and after a while they fall in love. But they have a fight and break up?
    B: Don't you think it's a bit formulaic?


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    Re: What is the meaning of formulaic?

    Hi Ray,

    Lacklustre?

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    Re: What is the meaning of formulaic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    Hi Ray,

    Lacklustre?
    Yes, it's that too. A formulaic story is likely to be lacklustre, but not necessarily, nor vice versa. How many stories are there, really?

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