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blah, blah, blah

slang A phrase used to summarize unsurprising or boring statements. Why was that meeting three hours long? This quarter's numbers, blah, blah, blah—that seriously could have been condensed into 20 minutes! Oh, my mom is fine, blah, blah, blah, just the usual stuff going on at home.
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the blahs

A general state or feeling of dissatisfaction, depression, or unease. I've had the blahs ever since my performance review the other day. It just really left me unmotivated and unhappy. Whenever I start coming down with the blahs, I go for a long walk in the sunshine.
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1. mod. bland; dull. After a blah day like this I need something really exciting like a hot bath.
2. mod. depressed; worn out. I’m really blah. Would you mind awfully if I just went home?
3. mod. alcohol intoxicated; very drunk. We are going to get totally blah tonight.


phr. a phrase echoic of gibberish or incessant chattering. (It can be repeated many times.) Why all this blah-blah-blah?

the blahs

n. a state of mental depression; the blues. You look like you’ve got the blahs.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

yada yada yada

Also, yadda, yadda. And so on and so on. This term describes tedious or long-winded talk, and its origin is not definitely known. Possibly it imitates the sound of a person droning on and on. It was used by comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1960s but was only popularized from about 1990 on in Seinfeld, a television sitcom, and caught on very quickly. In one episode George and a girlfriend are speaking: “‘Are you close with your parents?’—‘Well, they gave birth to me and . . . yada yada yada.’” Jeffrey Deaver used it in The Vanished Man (2003): “. . . and she’s going on about this guy, yadda, yadda, yadda, and how interesting he is and she’s all excited ’cause she’s going to have coffee with him.” It is on its way to clichédom. An earlier usage with nearly the same meaning of empty talk is blah-blah-blah. It dates from the early 1900s. Harper’s magazine had it in July 1991: “You get the same blah blah blah if you visit colonial Williamsburg.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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