INANE – One who is lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly person. There are too many inane quiz shows on television these days. The adjective “inane” is now most commonly encountered as a synonym of “shallow” or “silly.” When this word first entered the English language in the early 17th century, it was used to mean “empty” or “insubstantial.” It was this older sense that gave rise, in the latter half of the 17th century, to the noun “inane,” which often serves as a poetic reference to the void of space (“the illimitable inane,” “the limitless inane,” “the incomprehensible inane”). This noun usage has not always been viewed in a favorable light. Samuel Johnson, in his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), says of “inane” that “it is used licentiously for a substantive,” which in current English means that it is used as a noun without regard to the rules. Although Jason has a college degree, he still behaves in an inanemanner at times. Asinine, Ludicrous, Fatuousis synonyms of Inane. Even though Cara is a math genius, she acts inane in class because she likes getting extra attention from the handsome math professor.]]>

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