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    #1

    "blasÚ" or "bovine"

    The audience listened to the boring speech with _____ expressions on their faces.

    A) bovine
    B) blasÚ

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    Barron's Essential Words for the GRE, Philip Geer, Ed.M., 2007, page 57
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    Dear Teacher,

    The book gives the answer as A (bovine) in its Answer Key section, and the explanations of both words are given (page 56) as:

    bovine: adj. cowlike
    blasÚ: adj. bored because of frequent indulgence; unconcerned

    Although there's a third meaning to the word "bovine" as "stolid, dull" provided by Bovine | Define Bovine at Dictionary.com , the book does not refer to it.

    Is this answer (bovine) of the book right?

    Thanks and regards.

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    #2

    Re: "blasÚ" or "bovine"

    Either word could be correct in that sentence. There is no way to be sure.


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    Re: "blasÚ" or "bovine"

    I would say blase.

    It directly links to being bored.

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    Re: "blasÚ" or "bovine"

    I would say 'bovine'.

    Cows always look bored.

    (Wouldn't you, with a lifestyle like theirs?)

    'BlasÚ' to me means more like 'self-satisfied.'

    Rover

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    Re: "blasÚ" or "bovine"

    I have to admit that I had never heard "bovine" used to mean "bored", so I've learnt something today.

    Given that definition, I would also choose "bovine".

    To me, "blasÚ" means very casually, without concern.

    My friend has done 100 parachute jumps so now he's completely blasÚ about it.
    The first time I went on stage, I was terrified but now I've been doing it for such a long time that I'm very blasÚ about it.

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    Re: "blasÚ" or "bovine"

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    Either word could be correct in that sentence. There is no way to be sure.
    I could not agree more; both are correct to me. 'BlasÚ' is a French colloquial word very common here.

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