M: So when your life gets a little bit humdrum. Yeah? Like monotonous, the same thing. You can spice it up by listening to our premium episodes. Christmas sales, you people, yeah, here, click here and check out our Christmas sales. Can we get one more sentence about this humdrum?
R: Life in the countryside can be a very humdrum existence. Or not if you're me, because I'm snowed in. Again, at the time we are recording this episode. I am snowed in. Cut off from all contacts by road with the outside world.
M: Another adjective to mean boring is tedious. A very good one. Some things are really tedious. So they are like dull boring, and for Rory, what things make him feel bored. Stupid conversations. Stupid people. When you, dear listener, are not commenting, and are not buying our premium episodes. This gets Rory...
R: No, it doesn't. But also, it's not stupid people. I don't find stupid people boring. I find stupid people entertaining. No, like, have you ever had a conversation with someone who is properly stupid and doesn't know anything?
M: Yeah, it's quite entertaining.
R: I remember one time... This wasn't me, this happened to a friend of mine. He was talking to a colleague and she was saying, oh, he was asking... No, she asked him what he's doing for this weekend. And he said, oh, I'm going to the Czech Republic. And she said, you're going to Ireland? And he said no, I'm going to the Czech Republic. That's a different country. And she was like, no, no, the Czech Republic is in Ireland, because Ireland is a republic. So they should be together. He was like what? They're two totally different countries. I should say, for those of you who don't know, the Czech Republic is now called Czechia. So maybe that's why you might not find it on a map or a modern map as opposed to an older one. But yeah, what a weird... Like, that's funny. That's not, that's not boring, that's just like, what?
M: So when you hear the same thing again and again, it could get on your nerves. So it really gets on my nerves. It's like, annoying, right? And sometimes in meetings, at work, Rory said that people may not pick up on things, right? Especially at work, in different meetings. So if you don't pick up on things, you don't understand certain things right away. Maybe you're a bit slow, or you haven't slept enough. Yeah? So I find it really boring, when people don't pick up on things. And I hate listening to the same thing over and over again. It gets on my nerves. When you feel bored, what do you do? So Rory told us that he puts his fingers on his chin. So you can put your fingers on your chin, or you can lean forward.
R: Lean in. It's so stupid. But this is why... Most people in meetings when they're bored, they sit like this. This is a very good education in cultural etiquette. So if you sit like that, watching somebody, then that's apparently rude, and it means that they can tell that you're bored. But if you sit like this, then it's much more polite. And it means you're listening to what they're saying.