Many thanks to readers who submitted suggestions of real place-names to add to our "trinity of tedium" Dull, Bland and Boring, which became a quartet last week with the addition of Idle. Some of the offerings were very entertaining, but didn't quite fit into the theme of sheer dreariness.
My suggestion of Dismal turned out to be exactly that, "dismal". Although there is a Dismal River in Nebraska and a Dismal Swamp, there does not appear to be a settlement by that name. Mind you, I've been to a couple of towns in England where "dismal" would be quite appropriate.
One reader suggested Hell, which can be found in Michigan, Texas and Norway, but that sounds a bit too lively to be paired with Dull and Boring. I was hoping there might be somewhere called Dreary or Listless, but alas that doesn't seem to be the case. So it looks like we will have to settle for the Illinois town of Normal. What could be more dull and boring than normal?