[Ads-l] Miscellanea: boresome, choicy v. boring, choosy

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 3 00:35:23 EDT 2016


In my lost youth, *boresome* and *choicy* - neither of which my spellcheck
recognizes, though MW does - were universally used in BE in place of
*boring* and *choosy*. It was as though the latter were non-existent. Only
one *serious* code-switcher - this writer - ever bothered with the standard
forms.

I was mildly surprised to see *boresome* and *choicy* in the UD with the
usual, off-the-wall "definitions," as though they were slang. I was
startled to see that *boring* and *choosy* are likewise in the UD and are
given similar treatment. So...

Youneverknow.

-- 
-Wilson
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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