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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Uninteresting and tiresome; dull.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pit or hole which has been bored.
  • v. Present participle of bore.
  • adj. That which incites boredom in a person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of one who, or that which, bores.
  • n. A hole made by boring.
  • n. The chips or fragments made by boring.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of piercing or perforating; specifically, in mining and similar operations, the act of making a hole in rock or earth by means of a borer or drill.
  • n. The hole made by boring.
  • n. plural The chips, fragments, or dust produced in boring. Also called boring-dust.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
  • n. the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum
  • n. the act of drilling


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  • The servers with a Pax just got *boring*, and while in the real world boring is good these aren't real worlds.

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  • The difference is that these claims would once have been shouted down: it's what the phrase "boring old fart" was invented for.

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  • I know from my entertainment business friends that one of the worst words in a review that can be made about a performance is the word boring.

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  • But that was long ago, long before he and Lou turned into what he calls boring people.

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  • As a teenager she rebelled against what she called the boring “Americanized business culture” of her relatives, criticizing their attachment to material things, their concern with subtle class distinctions within the family, and their negative view of more recent Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.

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  • In the early 1990s a song that never failed to move me, that seemed to weld me to my life in its fullest, truest experience, was "Being Boring" by the Pet Shop Boys. I was intrigued by the central quotation from "the wife of a famous writer" and wondered exactly where it came from. I guessed that it must be from Zelda Fitzgerald, but never bothered finding the exact quote (finding such things was harder in those days). Now, today, I found a website devoted to the song:, and the quote itself, acknowledged as being from ZF, but without the specific reference, which I then easily found on Google Books:

    "… the Flapper … bobbed her hair, put on her choicest pair of earrings and a great deal of audacity and rouge and went into battle. She flirted because it was fun to flirt and wore a one-piece bathing suit because she had a good figure; she covered her face with powder and paint because she didn’t need it and she refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring. She was conscious that the things she did were the things she had always wanted to do."

    – Zelda Fitzgerald, "Eulogy on the Flapper" (1922), The Collected Writings (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013).

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  • Reminds me of Normal, Illinois. *pronounces Illinois as "eely nwah"*

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  • The town of Boring, Oregon: home of the Boring School, the Boring Church, the Boring Post Office, among other Boring things. (Actually it's quite a nice place!)

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  • Contronymic in the sense: incisive vs. dull.

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