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    Smile a crashing bore

    "How can you have a conversation with someone who doesn't have a single "O"
    level? It's a crashing bore."
    In this context, what does 'a crashing bore' mean?
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: a crashing bore

    It simply means somebody who (or something which) is very boring.

    The phrase is slightly old-fashioned (actually, so are O-levels) and usually regarded as typical for the "upper classes". The speaker seems a little snobby to me: assuming that if somebody who has no academic qualifications must be boring to talk to.


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    Re: a crashing bore

    rewboss, your guess is absolutely right.
    Raine, Countess of Dartmouth, is the person who used the phrase
    when she publicly criticized one of her stepchildren, Diana.
    Now I'm halfway through 'Princess Diana: Her Life Story' by Richard Buskin,
    in which I came across the phrase.
    Thanks for your reply!

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    Re: a crashing bore

    To describe poor old Di as a crashing bore is a trifle unfortunate.

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    Re: a crashing bore

    If it was intended, the verbal irony is in extremely poor taste.

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