The word for today is…

pabulum – (noun)
1 : food especially : a suspension or solution of nutrients in a state suitable for absorption
2 : intellectual sustenance
3 : something (such as writing or speech) that is insipid, simplistic, or bland

Source : Merriam – Webster

Etymology : Pabulum derives from the Latin term for “food” or “fodder” and was first used in English in the 17th century for anything taken in by plants or animals to maintain life and growth. Within 30 years of its first appearance in English texts, it was also being used to refer to things so intellectually stimulating or nourishing that they could be considered food for thought. But the word took on a whole new flavor in the 1930s when a team of Canadian doctors formulated a highly nutritious (but bland) baby cereal and named their product “Pablum” (based on the Latin word). As a result, the similar-looking “pabulum” did a linguistic about-face and is now often used for things that are bland and unstimulating as well as for things that are intellectually sustaining.

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David Theobald

David Theobald

David is a retired surgeon originally from London who came to New Zealand twenty-six years ago having got delayed in Singapore for thirteen years after leaving the UK. He was coerced into studying Latin...