Forget your copy of the Oxford English Dictionary or Webster’s for that matter. This is what the words really mean:

boring Pronunciation: ‘bOr-i[ng], ‘bor- Function: adjective Date: 1840 1 : Proof-reading your 60+ pages paper on a Saturday night, knowing that you’re so tired of working with it that you’ll probably fail to see the errors anyway.

joy Pronunciation: ‘joi Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old French joie, from Latin gaudia, plural of gaudium, from gaudEre to rejoice; probably akin to Greek gEthein to rejoice Date: 13th century 1 : Knowing that in less than three days you’ll hand in your project, with the paper, code, documentation and all, and never ever see it again.

panic Pronunciation: ‘pa-nik Function: noun Date: 1708 1 : Knowing that in less than three days you’ll hand in your project, with the paper, code, documentation and all, and that there is still a lot to be done.

And that concludes today’s lesson.