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Repetitive or Repetitious?

Judy Vorfeld

REPETITIVE means occur­ring over and over but is fairly neu­tral. Like breath­ing. Or waves pound­ing on the shore. Or trash pickup on Tuesdays.

REPETITIOUS means the same but is often used to mean it’s tedious (makes you stress out). Like grind­ing one’s teeth. Or play­ing the same song over and over and over and it’s not a favorite song. Or that quartz clock that makes a noise every sec­ond of every minute of every day. (Did you know you can buy noise­less quartz clocks. I finally bought one for my office and its lack of noise is wonderful.)


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