Hello and welcome to The Everyday Language Podcast. This is Mark, in Akita. And today’s idiom is “like watching paint dry”.
So, do you like to watch paint dry? There’s not much to see watching paint dry, right? Hmm, yeah, not much to see, right?
Well, that could give you a clue about the meaning of, “like watching paint dry”, because watching paint dry is like watching nothing happening, right?
Because, if you look at a wall that’s just been painted, you know, you can see the paint already, so if you keep watching the wall, you’re not gonna see anything different, and that’s gonna be really boring, right?
Yeah, so, that’s what the meaning of “like watching paint dry” is – something is extremely boring. So an activity, or something you’re watching, or an experience you’re having is extremely boring.
Imagine you’re watching a television show and it’s a new show that’s got lots of positive reviews. People were loving it, you know, people are saying it’s amazing, and then when you watch the show, you’re not impressed, nothing really happens, the story isn’t interesting, the acting is really bad.
So you could just say, “This is terrible, it’s like watching paint dry, you know, I’ve had enough, I’m gonna turn it off”.
Or imagine a sports event, so, for example, the Winter Olympics, that’s just been happening in Korea. You know, you’re not into winter sports, you’re not into skiing or ice-skating.
So as you’re watching one of the events on television, you know, you’re thinking to yourself, “Ah, this is boring”, and then your, your friend comes into the room and says, “Oh, what are you doing?” [you reply], “Nothing I’m watching this boring TV, you know the Winter Olympics it’s like watching paint dry”.
Actually, before I started to record this podcast episode I looked on Twitter, and I typed in “like watching paint dry”, and I found lots of comments about a football match from last night.
Last night there was a Champions League football, er, round of matches, and Real Madrid were playing against another team. And a lot of people on Twitter were saying, “Watching Real Madrid is like watching paint dry. They’re so boring”, you know, rubbish football, nothing entertaining at all.
Okay, that’s it for today’s idiom “ like watching paint dry”. Please try and use it in your daily life. You know, write me a sentence or two with, you know, your own versions of “like watching paint dry”. Okay, thanks very much for listening, bye.
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