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.