Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Bland Leading the Bland

John Kricfalusi (pronounced Chris Fah Loosy) has been posting a lot lately on his hatred of blandness. To wit:
Do All Bland Movies Make Profits?
Live Action Bland
Who Are The Bland Leads?
Popeye is NOT Bland!
Solving the Bland Problem

After reading these posts I was suddenly struck by a revelation! I saw the light! I finally got it! That revelation is, JOHN K NEEDS A THESAURUS! I mean it starts to get a little monotonous to keep reading the same repetitive word over and over, again and again, redundantly.

He obviously has a dictionary since he provides the definition for the word bland in one of his posts, but a thesaurus would really be a boon for his writing since it would provide variety and interest. After all, if you promote the theory that cartoons should be written by cartoonists, then you should learn to write eloquently, too.

So in order to help my idol, I shall list for him some alternatives for bland:

average, banal, banausic, big yawn, blah, bloodless, boilerplate, boring, bromidic, characterless, clich├ęd, cloying, colorless, common, commonplace, corn, corn-fed, cornball, corny, conventional, dead, deadsville, diluted, dim, dismal, drab, drag, draggy, dreary, driveling, drudging, dry, dull, dullsville, everyday, familiar, featureless, feeble, flat, flavorless, fuddy-duddy, garden variety, general, generic, hackneyed, halfhearted, heavy, hoary, ho-hum, hokey, hokum, humdrum, inane, inferior, insipid, interminable, irksome, jejune, lackluster, laid back, leaden, lifeless, limp, literal, lusterless, mainstream, matter-of-fact, mediocre, middling, mild, milk-and-water, moderate, monotone, monotonous, moth-eaten, mundane, muted, namby-pamby, nerdy, neutral, nondescript, no place, nothing, nowhere, oft-repeated, old chestnut, old hat, ordinary, pablum, pedantic, pedestrian, phoned in, plain, platitudinous, played out, plebeian, plodding, pointless, ponderous, prolix, prosaic, quotidian, regular, repetitious, repetitive, routine, run-of-the-mill, sapless, spiritless, square, squaresville, soporific, so-so, spiritless, stale, staid, standard, stereotyped, stock, stodgy, stuffy, stupid, tame, tasteless, tedious, tepid, threadbare, tired, tiresome, tiring, tripe, trite, typical, undistinguished, uneventful, unexceptional, unexciting, unexpressive, unimaginative, uninspired, uninspiring, uninteresting, unoriginal, unremarkable, unseasoned, unstimulating, unvaried, usual, usual thing, vacuous, vanilla, vapid, waterish, watery, weak, wearisome, well-worn, wimpy, wishy-washy, white bread, workaday, worn out, wuss, yawn, zero

May these words come in handy to Mr. K’s future polemics against the creeping blandness of modern animated cartoons.

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