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Bland

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:09 am
by Stevenloan
- Mediocre, bland boring, poor management...nice employees.

- Hi guys! This is an inn review from a native speaker. An online dictionary says "bland" means "not interesting, exciting, or original, and therefore boring". Is it redundant to use "bland" next to "boring" in this case?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan

Re: Bland

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:12 pm
by Erik_Kowal
To my mind, bland refers to the characteristics of the inn being described.

Boring describes the effect of this blandness on the mood of its perceiver.

So there is a difference, albeit a subtle one.

Re: Bland

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:23 pm
by Bobinwales
Try drinking flour mixed with cold water. That flavour is bland... nothing. In other words, it has nothing going for it whatsoever apart from the fact that it is a liquid and will satisfy a thirst. Although it does it without giving pleasure. The pub sells beer, but there is no atmosphere in the place.

Re: Bland

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:47 am
by Stevenloan
Erik and Bob : Thank you both so much for your answers.

StevenLoan