Hot Words for the SAT Lesson 4
THAT'S ALL BEEN SAID BEFORE! BORING...ZZZZ Words Relating to Unoriginal, Dull, Played Out
Terms in this set (11)
adj. dull or stale because of overuse; trite; hackneyed
To wake up and realize your adventure was all a dream is a ______ ending for a short story.
n. an idea or expression that has become stale due to overuse
"I'm so hungry I could eat a rhinoceros," gives an original twist to an old _____.
adj. unoriginal; taken from something already existing
"Write an original sci-fi story," instructed Mr. Schirmer, "not ________fiction drawn from 2001: A Space Odyssey or The Time
adj. made commonplace by overuse; trite (n. hack, one who copies or imitates the work of others)
Miss Cole, our poetry teacher, said, "Because poets aim to create new insights, they shun ___________ language."
adj. lacking flavor or taste; unexciting
The conversation at dinner was so ______ that Monica fell asleep at the table.
adj. lacking vitality, energy, or brightness; boring
Laura's _______ grades may prevent her from going to a top college.
adj. commonplace; ordinary
In contrast to the new and unusual, the _______ happenings of everyday existence are pretty dull.
n. quality of being dull; an obvious remark uttered as if it were original
How Rick's poem won an award for originality boggles my mind, since it consists of nothing but ___________.
adj. dull; commonplace
The novel Mr. and Mrs. Bridge is an indictment of an ordinary American couple who lead the dullest, most __________ life imaginable.
adj. unoriginal and stale due to overuse
Because my essay was filled with clichés, Mr. Gill red-penciled "_________" all over it.
adj. lacking freshness and zest; flat; stale
Behind every uninspiring, _________TV sitcom, you'll find an empty-headed producer, director, and screenwriter.