Last weekend in the UK saw the second of what was planned to become an annual event. The Boring Conference was established in 2010 to celebrate the mundane; it’s organised around a series of speeches on a variety of subjects which may be fascinating to the speakers, but perhaps less than that to the audience. We’re sure everyone has a friend who is absolutely fascinated by something which is of no interest at all to anyone else - and then imagine a series of 20 people like that speaking one after the other! Some of the planned speeches were on hairdryers, different locations where a film (about a by) were filmed in London and the history of the square root of two. The organiser – James Ward organised the conference as a contrast to what he sees as today’s attention-grabbing world of modern media and advertising. He harks back to long summer holidays as a child where you could spend hours in the long summer holidays just being fascinated by nothing special. He thinks as adults we have lost that ability and should try to rediscover it. The big danger for him and his conference of course is that it becomes too interesting!
If you are thinking of doing something a bit more interesting with your time and want to improve your language levels, why not think about coming to study English in London with UIC. We have lots of different courses and are not at all boring. And to help you with your English – here are some expressions linked to this theme you might like to try out. Not that you’ll ever need them in classes with UIC of course!
You can be:
bored out of your mind
Bored to death
Bored to tears
Your eyes can glaze over
your mind wanders
Your brain goes numb
You nod off
Something that is boring can be like watching paint dry or like watching the grass grow.
And when you are bored you can yawn – or even say something is a big yawn.
And just so you can be warned of the dangers, here is a fascnating clip from the 60s about the dangers of boredom at work!