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Synonyms of boring in English:


  • 1 a boring one-man play
  • Reflections


    Just as sexy (q.v.) is the ultimate compliment, so boring is the most dreaded pejorative. Yet in most cases this distressing judgment comes as a surprise. Consider an all too common case. You work hard on a speech, and then realize—within five minutes—that you've misjudged the audience: The tuxedoed salesmen want laughs while they chow down on chicken marsala, not a reconsideration of Plato's theory of epistemology. Your address—were it presented to Oxford dons—might be showered with plaudits and huzzahs, but the overstuffed and half drunk listeners of Amalgamated Business Machines merely shuffle restlessly and glance at their Timex watches and hope that their tormentor—you—will just stop talking as soon as possible. Nonetheless, you doggedly soldier on, while secretly wishing you were dead. Therefore, when your turn comes to describe a performer, book, piece of music, weekly meeting, what have you, be kind and think twice: A man may excuse almost any criticism or insult, but he will never forget and never forgive being called boring.
    Michael Dirda
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