pab·​lum ˈpa-bləm How to pronounce pablum (audio)

Examples of pablum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Newscasters and helicopter reporters offered the same pablum. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2023 In recent decades, though, Earth Day has felt a bit more nebulous—and susceptible to cliché, pablum, window dressing, and corporate greenwashing. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, 14 Apr. 2023 Committee chairman Bennie Thompson's long speech (complete with his own personal narrative and historical anecdotes) had virtually nothing to do with the matter at hand and risked losing people who might have tuned in for something other than the usual boring congressional pablum. Scott Jennings, CNN, 10 June 2022 His social media posts are the typical politician pablum, almost certainly written by comms staffers deliberately trying to sound calm and professional — with none of Trump's entertaining derangement or even the wacky meme humor of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Twitter account. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 28 Jan. 2022 Asked about facing Williams, Kelly spouted his usual pablum about making corrections before practice this week. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2022 Beyond the creepiness, this pablum presumes reversibility. Namwali Serpell, The Atlantic, 2 Aug. 2022 And spare me the pablum about Twitter being some kind of public square. Andy Meek, BGR, 25 Apr. 2022 While Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren acknowledged the chance to notch a meaningful victory and create offseason momentum — all standard bowl pablum — Kelly issued his usual contrarian fare about having a really good Tuesday. Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


from Pablum, a trademark for an infant cereal

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pablum was in 1932

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“Pablum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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