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Is there a good word or phrase for to describe someone is generally dull, but believes themselves to be exciting and is unaware that talking to them is laborious?

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  • What do you mean by awesome?
    – WS2
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 14:56
  • Dunno about the believes themselves to be exciting bit, but bovine (oxford: sluggish or stupid, M-W: having qualities (as placidity or dullness) characteristic of oxen or cows) works for me for the rest of it. There's a related question: What is the opposite of “interesting” in “This person is interesting”? Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 15:07
  • The cynical answer would be 'politician'.
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 15:16
  • I am not sure that anyone who's dull is aware of it. Otherwise they wouldn't be dull in the first place, right.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 15:21
  • The term "ignorant" comes to mind. Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 15:37

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Dull and unaware of it sounds like a 'drain'.

As opposed to a 'radiator', someone who lights up a room and stimulates.

Drains suck the life out of a conversation or situation and make you desperate simply to be away from them. Radiators are able to make a disaster bearable and even fun!

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Self-absorbed:

adjective

only caring about and interested in yourself

An interesting person can integrate their own desires, interests, and experiences with the desires, interests and experiences of others.

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Words like Simpleton or Ignoramus may be used. And the phrase 'a bookful blockhead' may be used.

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