Board vs bored

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board is a planed piece of wood, a ruling body for some organizations, or a verb that means to get in or on a form of transportation, such as a plane or ship. It also has varied other definitions.

The homonym bored is an adjective that means to feel restless or antsy as a result of lack of activity or interest in current activity.

A related word, bore can either be a noun or a verb. One can be a bore if he or she lacks energy or enthusiasm, or if he or she seems to take enthusiasm away from others. As a verb, bore means to drill a hole, usually into a hard material like metal or rock.


The board of Aer Lingus urged the Irish government on Friday to support a takeover bid by the parent of British Airways, saying the offer will accelerate the Irish airline’s growth plans and enhance Ireland’s position as hub for trans-Atlantic travel. [The New York Times]

A head chef cheated his bosses by going on a theft and fraud “spree” to stock up with olive oil, chopping boards and chicken drumsticks to open his own restaurant, a jury heard. [The Telegraph]

And that’s pretty much what they’ll get, but I hope they’re less bored than I was. [The Independent]

The gallery, 17 metres (56 feet) below the surface and reachable via a spiral staircase bored into sandstone, houses more than 2,000 pieces from Walsh’s personal collection, including works by renowned artists such as Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat. [Reuters India]

Seems like every family has one — that middle-aged uncle who thinks he’s a riot but is really a bore. [Boston Herald]