Rodolfo Rodrigues
Intensity between dull, tedious and boring I've got this short question. Is there any difference between these three words (dull, boring and tedious) when it comes to intensity? I guess they all mean the same, so if I use one or another would that matter or modify the sentence? Which one is more severe? Is there anyone who could clear it up for me? Thanks.
Dec 6, 2017 5:26 PM
Answers · 2
Good question! In my opinion, "dull" and "boring" mean almost exactly the same thing, but "tedious" has a different meaning. - dull/boring - both of these words describe the feeling one has when something is incredibly uninteresting. "Boring" is much more commonly used than "dull" because "dull" has another meaning and is normally used to mean "not sharp" (my pencil is dull). - tedious - the word "tedious", however, is usually used to describe a task that is often frustrating because it requires a lot of steps or precision. For example, filling out a long document, working on a factory line, editing a video, etc. Tedious tasks often take a long time to complete and frustrate people who do them. Hope that helps!
December 6, 2017
Dull and boring are about the same level of intensity. Boring is more common. "This party is dull/boring." Tedious is stronger and also implies that the situation is long and slow. "Peeling a bucket of shrimp is a tedious job."
December 6, 2017
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