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Who invented the word boredom?

Posted on by Kieran McGovern


boredom (n.) Look up boredom at Dictionary.com
"state of being bored," 1852, from bore (v.1) + -dom. It also has been employed in a sense "bores as a class" (1883) and "practice of being a bore" (1864, a sense properly belonging to boreism, 1833).

The first recorded use of the boredom is in Charles Dickens Bleak House where it appears six times.

After Shakespeare, Charles Dickens has been the most influential writer in the English language. One area where this influence is most strongly felt is in the area of vocabulary.

Perhaps his most crucial role has been in popularising words which were previously been obscure. 'Dustbin' was in existence before 'Dombey and Son' and boredom precedes Bleak House - but without these novels they may not have come into common usage.

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