Word: Dull

Dull significa “noioso”, “stupido”, per esempio nel film Shining il protagonista dice “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, peccato che in italiano sia stato tradotto con “Il mattino ha l’oro in bocca”… LANGUAGE LEVEL B2 (UPPER INTERMEDIATE)

Mark Worden (Standard British accent):
In Stanley Kubrick’s cult 1980 movie The Shining Jack Torrance, a writer played by Jack Nicholson, types (1) the phrase “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” several thousand times on his typewriter (2). When his wife Wendy, played by Shelley Duvall, discovers the manuscript, she realises that her husband has gone completely mad (3). But in the Italian version the expression “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is translated as “Il mattino ha l’oro in bocca,” which has a rather different meaning. Dull in English basically means boring (4) , and the idea is that if you work all the time, you will become boring. But in traditional English the word dull had a different meaning: it meant stupid or unintelligent, and in certain parts of England, particularly in the north, this meaning is still in use today, so the idea is that if you work all the time and never play, not only will you become boring, you will also become stupid.

1. types: scrive a macchina
2. typewriter: macchina da scrivere
3. mad:
pazzo

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