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Those native speakers

I attended a meeting these past few days and got the chance to learn a pinch to a bunch (depends on your hand size) new things:

The interesting word/phrase for today is BOILERPLATE.

But what does it mean?

The term “boilerplate” has been adopted by lawyers to describe those parts of a contract that are considered “standard language”.

The word has also come into use for pre-created form letters on the Internet for things such as issues to be broached by a politician based on an issue ad, requesting a cable network be added to a system by a cable or satellite operator, or a pre-written complaint about something such as a program, book, or video game opposed by a group which created the letter, along with online petitions. Usually the greeting and the body of the letter have been pre-written, requiring the person requesting the action to only type or sign his name at the end.

boil·er·plate [boi-ler-pleyt]

noun

1. plating of iron or steel for making the shells of boilers, covering the hulls of ships, etc.
2. Journalism.

     a. syndicated or ready-to-print copy, used especially by weekly newspapers.
     b. trite, hackneyed writing.
3. the detailed standard wording of a contract, warranty, etc.
4. Informal . phrases or units of text used repeatedly, as in correspondence produced by a word-processing system.
5. frozen, crusty, hard-packed snow, often with icy patches.
Also, boiler plate .
Origin:
1855–60
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