james a. bland


James A(llen) 1854–1911, U.S. songwriter and minstrel performer.
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bland (blænd)
1.  devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dull: bland food
2.  gentle and agreeable; suave
3.  (of the weather) mild and soothing
4.  unemotional or unmoved: a bland account of atrocities
[C15: from Latin blandus flattering]

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1660s, from It. blando "delicate," or O.Fr. bland "flattering, complimentary," both from L. blandus "mild, smooth, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of base *mldu- "soft." Latin also had blandiloquentulus "flattering in speech," which might have yielded a useful English
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