“‘Boredom’ first became a word in 1852, with the publication of Charles Dickens’ convoluted (and sometimes boring) serial, Bleak House; as an emotional state, it obviously dates back a lot further. Roman philosopher Seneca talks about boredom as a kind of nausea, while Greek historian Plutarch notes that Pyrrhus (he of the ‘Pyrrhic victory’) became desperately bored in his retirement.”
Smithsonian Magazine on the history of boredom.

“‘Boredom’ first became a word in 1852, with the publication of Charles Dickens’ convoluted (and sometimes boring) serial, Bleak House; as an emotional state, it obviously dates back a lot further. Roman philosopher Seneca talks about boredom as a kind of nausea, while Greek historian Plutarch notes that Pyrrhus (he of the ‘Pyrrhic victory’) became desperately bored in his retirement.”

Smithsonian Magazine on the history of boredom.

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    My dad used to say that only boring people are bored! With exclamation point.
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    Boredom is a favorite subject of mine.