Sitting here, I wonder, Have I ever truly been "bored to tears"? Has anyone?
I mean, seriously. Have you ever been so bored that you cried? I haven't.
So, being bored, but not in tears, I decided to look up the etymology of the phrase. All I could find was the definition, which I already knew. Bored to tears means very bored. Duh!
But doesn't it mean more? To me it means being very bored and being unable to do anything about it. It means being in a place you can't escape and without the option of playing games on your smart phone.
It's the futility of the situation that deserves the "to tears" qualification.
Sigh. I don't do bored well.
I've been "bored silly", resorting to being goofy or making jokes to entertain myself. Can't say I've ever been "bored stiff". Quite the opposite actually. I tend to get fidgety when I'm bored.
I did find an interesting article from today that said you can truly, truly be "bored to death". Or at least an earlier death. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1249073/You-really-bored-death-scientists-discover.html
The second paragraph does not bode well for me. "Researchers say that people who complain of boredom are more likely to die young," Except that I don't resort to "such unhealthy habits as smoking or drinking,"
I turn to the Internet. Which may or may not be more healthy. But at least it doesn't affect your lungs or liver.
I did learn that Bored to Tears is a song, Bored Silly is a movie, Bored to Death is an HBO series. and Bored Stiff is a band.
See all the things you can learn when you are bored!