Wednesday, April 8, 2009
From Kenneth Wilson:
Repetitious means “full of or characterized by repetitions” and especially “boring or tedious repetitions,” as in Her conversation was silly and repetitious. Repetitive simply means “characterized by repetitions”: Making these wooden handles involved several repetitive procedures on the lathe. Had the procedures also been repetitious, the worker would almost certainly have found them tedious; that they were repetitive does not insist on their tediousness.