Saturday, January 26, 2013

Word Mix-Up: BOARD and BORED

BOARD: The English noun "board" means a plank, a flat wooden surface.

BORED: This is from the verb "to bore," meaning to put a hole in something, to perforate. The sense of "being tiresome" dates to the 18th century. A tiresome person is a bore, something tiresome is boring, and when you have to listen to a boring person, you become "bored."

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