I know that BrEng uses "boring" to mean the same thing as AmEng "annoying," but what is the reverse translation? If an American thinks something is boring, what word does the Brit use: tiresome, tedious, dull, or something else? Does it depend on the context?

Jeannie
I know that BrEng uses "boring" to mean the same thing as AmEng "annoying," but what is the reverse translation? If an American thinks something is boring, what word does the Brit use: tiresome, tedious, dull, or something else? Does it depend on the context?

The normal BrE meaning of "boring" is "tedious, dull, tiresome". Its use to mean "annoying" or even "threatening" or "disastrous" is heard from rather grand people: "Some frightful person got into the Library last night and stole both our Caravaggios" - "Oh, my dear, how boring for you!"

Alan Jones
I know that BrEng uses "boring" to mean the same thing as AmEng "annoying," but what is the reverse translation? If an American thinks something is boring, what word does the Brit use: tiresome, tedious, dull, or something else? Does it depend on the context?

In AmEng "annoying" and "boring" are not the same. "Boring" can be "annoying", but others just go to sleep. A baby's crying is annoying,
but definitely not boring.
GFH
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I know that BrEng uses "boring" to mean the same ... dull, or something else? Does it depend on the context?

In AmEng "annoying" and "boring" are not the same. "Boring" can be "annoying", but others just go to sleep. A baby's crying is annoying, but definitely not boring. GFH

In New Zealand and Australian English, they are also not the same thing.
In AmEng "annoying" and "boring" are not the same. "Boring" ... A baby's crying is annoying, but definitely not boring. GFH

In New Zealand and Australian English, they are also not the same thing.

boring= you do not like to do maybe because it makes you tired. Annoying= makes you really bothered and you are sure that you do not like it at all
The normal BrE meaning of "boring" is "tedious, dull, tiresome". Its use to mean "annoying" or even "threatening" or "disastrous" ... person got into the Library last night and stole both our Caravaggios" - "Oh, my dear, how boring for you!"

Thank you for your response, and thank you also for understanding my question. This clears things up for me.
Jeannie
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