HOH Word of the Week: Tedious

Jason Dick
Posted October 19, 2015 at 5:00am

Tedious . Verbose and wearisome. A bit of friendly advice from “Jefferson’s Manual” is that if members find they are being drowned out by other conversations or unruly noises, they should take the hint and sit down, “for it scarcely ever happens that they are guilty of this piece of ill manners without sufficient reason, or inattention to a Member who says anything worth their hearing.” The House Rule Book observes that, since House procedures limiting debate and calling the question are deterrents to lengthy speeches, “the parliamentary method of suppressing a tedious Member has never been imported into practice.”  

— From “The Congress Dictionary” by Paul Dickson and Paul Clancy