I looked for the meaning of flach on Duden and I understood most of it.

Just the forth and last meaning is for me not clear and I am not sure exactly about how to use flach in that way.

Flach = ohne [gedankliche] Tiefe und daher nichtssagend, unwesentlich; oberflächlich, banal

Can you write me some other examples in which flach can be used with that meaning?

  • Not directly an answer, but the word "Flachzange" is used jokingly for a not-so-clever person: gutefrage.net/frage/…
    – Landei
    Jan 28, 2015 at 15:20

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If you hear a speech from a politician. Then you could say

Die Rede war flach

That would mean, that the person was speaking without saying anything or without giving proper information.

It is also common to say:

Der war aber flach

If somebody told a very poor and easy joke. I dunno, if a joke can be easy, i mean, that this kind of joke is very trivial and people don't need to think about it.

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    If your wife rolls her eyes on your joke you can almost always be sure it was flach... :-) Jan 28, 2015 at 14:04

In English you would say "shallow". A different, but similar, metaphor.

  • Gefragt waren weitere Beispiele, keine Übersetzung. Jan 30, 2015 at 18:01

Der Witz war flach.

Das System meint, meine Antwort sei zu flach mit 19 Zeichen, also noch dieser selbstbezügliche, etwas längere Text. Tiefer wird es damit aber auch nicht.

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