He seemed to express himself with difficulty, as though words were not the medium with which his mind worked; and you had to guess the intentions of his soul by hackneyed
phrases, slang, and vague, unfinished gestures.
phrases expressed precisely the curious sensation), he felt happy and anxious and expectant.
One's palate gets so tired of the old hackneyed
things: here was a dish with a new flavour, with a taste like nothing else on earth.
Vas Kor," he repeated aloud, "blessed be your ancestors for this meeting," nor did the Dusarian guess the wealth of meaning that lay beneath that hackneyed
phrase with which a Barsoomian acknowledges an introduction.
I suppose," Wingrave answered, "that it depends upon the point of view, to use a hackneyed