Six Feet Under is one of the reasons I subscribe to HBO. In a recent episode, Claire's art teacher (Olivier) reminisces about having a relationship with an older woman, and mentions that a popular song at the time was "I Wear My Sunglasses At Night". He hastily adds, "What an insipid song". I looked up the word insipid at Merriam-Webster Online to look up the definition:
- lacking taste or savor : TASTELESS
- lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge : DULL, FLAT
Then I discovered a whole host of related words: INSIPID, VAPID, FLAT, JEJUNE, BANAL, INANE... they all mean devoid of qualities that make for spirit and character.
- INSIPID implies a lack of sufficient taste or savor to please or interest: an insipid romance with platitudes on every page.
- VAPID suggests a lack of liveliness, force, or spirit: an exciting story given a vapid treatment.
- FLAT applies to things that have lost their sparkle or zest: although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat.
- JEJUNE suggests a lack of rewarding or satisfying substance: a jejune and gassy speech.
- BANAL stresses the complete absence of freshness, novelty, or immediacy: a banal tale of unrequited love.
- INANE implies a lack of any significant or convincing quality: an inane interpretation of the play.
Ironic that there are so many interesting words to describe something that's boring!