Blanket statement

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Melrosse

Senior Member
French
On "South Park", a TV show, they used the term 'blanket statement."

"Stop making blanket statements."

What does blanket statememt mean?
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    It's a common phrase, so I'm surprised that it's not in the WR dictionary.

    A blanket statement is one that attempts to cover all situations ("like a blanket") but is actually not true in all situations. For example: "Peanuts are good for you." (For most people, they're a nutritious food; but they're not good for you if you're seriously allergic to them, as some people are.) "Major sports are cancelled if it rains." (Usually yes, but not necessarily; if it's just raining lightly, the game may go on.)
     
    It's a common phrase, so I'm surprised that it's not in the WR dictionary.

    A blanket statement is one that attempts to cover all situations ("like a blanket") but is actually not true in all situations. For example: "Peanuts are good for you." (For most people, they're a nutritious food; but they're not good for you if you're seriously allergic to them, as some people are.) "Major sports are cancelled if it rains." (Usually yes, but not necessarily; if it's just raining lightly, the game may go on.)
    Excellent explanation and examples.
     

    Melrosse

    Senior Member
    French
    Sorry but I do not quite understand. Does it mean that to make a blanket statement is to lie or hide the truth?
     
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