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    Rumour asserted blandly

    Hi,

    I am out of my depths in what sense the word blandly is used in the context. Can anybody help me?

    The elevator had descended from the sixteenth floor around 11.45 last night, and, on that journey, something very curious had taken place. Within the elevator, rumour asserted blandly, had been, besides the operator, a man who had come out of Dr Fazo’s office (Dr Fazo himself was not available, had vanished, shortly afterwards, leaving no trace) and one other, rather intoxicated individual, wearing a brown Fedora, who had entered at the twelfth.

    John Metacalfe, Mr. Meldrum´s Mania, 1931

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Rumour asserted blandly

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/blandly

    Definition 6, "unemotional, indifferent, casual"

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    Re: Rumour asserted blandly

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post

    I am out of my depths depth ...
    See above. "To be out of one's depth" is a set phrase.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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