I was recently writing a testimonial, and I wanted a positive substitute for those words. The adjective is for describing the guy in question (i.e. He is a _____ guy). Any ideas?
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You might use "reliable" or "dependable", but if "dull" and "boring" do not interfere with other virtues, perhaps you might simply not mention them.
If you actually want a positive-sounding synonym for dull or boring, about the most positive-sounding word you could use might be unvaried.
Remember, though, that "dull" and "boring" are two words people never want to hear used to describe them.
NOAD takes boring to task pretty severely:
No matter how you dress it up with a synonym, you may wish to avoid even a euphemism for this word.
Depending on how far you are willing to go with bending things into compliments:
Another possibility is a negated antonym:
It is the only word I can think of that has managed to remain truly descriptive and stay free of negative connotation.
It was an uneventful afternoon
does not suggest that you had a problem with it, while
It was a boring/dull/tedious/monotonous/etc. afternoon
all seem to carry with them a little more negativity.
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