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?

  • 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!




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.


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

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