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Stale

adjective metaphor
Boring, especially referring to a person.
 
The freshmen were hyped, but the upperclassmen were stale.
Etymology : “Stale” as referring to a person is a metaphor for stale food such as bread. Just as eating stale bread is tasteless and boring, a stale person is uninteresting. Used in this case to refer to people who were not actively engaging in a party, and were seen as dull by more lively partygoers. It has a negative connotation, as an uninteresting person is not well liked. This is not a new word, and people, especially older, more conservative people, have been called this as a general description before, but this is the first time I have heard it referring specifically to the context of a party.
Source : Conversation between freshmen about a party at Rice, August 2018
Last modified: 29 November 2018


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