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See: jejune, languid, lifeless, pedestrian, prosaic, unproductive

DRY. Used figuratively, it signifies that which produces nothing; as, dry exchange; dry rent; rent seek.

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Jones shows what seems like good sense, when he drily comments on the line "my name be buried where my body is" that "a poet who truly wishes to be forgotten will not address his beloved with a long series of poems" (130), or queries critics' emphasis on noble patronage, seeing that sonnets like 96 savage the "young man": "What noble patron would have accepted such a conceit addressed to him?
Though drily wry and intelligently thoughtful himself, Ulrich also loves to indulge his good ol' boy side.
About the latter, Garfield remarked drily that it was "something on which the members of both houses can unite without distinction of party.
It is hardly surprising that an event of such magnitude has been interpreted differently by various historians," she drily comments and then gives us three long paragraphs on the said historians' interpretations.