Essay full of truisms and banalities

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akuptsov.hse

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Russian
Hello everyone,

Being a teacher I have to grade my students' essays and quite often they contain truisms, cliches and banalities. In this case in Russian we say 'Your essay is full of water' or 'Your thesis is water'.

Is there any counterpart slang in English?
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    As a fellow teacher, I try to be as specific as possible. I will say specifically that something is a truism rather than "full of fluff." Students tend to misunderstand this sort of comment.
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    "Lacks substance" is what I would use.

    Your essay lacks substance; it is all cliches, truisms and trite statements.
     

    akuptsov.hse

    Member
    Russian
    As a fellow teacher, I try to be as specific as possible. I will say specifically that something is a truism rather than "full of fluff." Students tend to misunderstand this sort of comment.
    Sure, I tend to provide detailed feedback as well, but that word might be the cherry on the cake :)
     

    Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    You could keep the "watery" theme with this "aqueous solution" - wishy-washy. Your essay is (rather / a bit) wishy-washy.
    "wishy-washy (WR quoting Collins Concise English Dictionary)
    1. lacking in substance, force, colour, etc"
     
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