9. Insipid

Two meanings
One actual
One deriving from the actual
That is figurative.
Insipid comes from two Latin words
‘In’ meaning not
And ‘sapidus’ meaning tasty, in reference to food.
Whisk them together 
Exchange the the ‘a’ in ‘sapid’ for an ‘i’ 
For ease of use 
It gives you have in + sipid = insipid

Turning to phonetics 
When I think of insipid
I think i-sip-it
And when "I sip it"
It tastes plain
Yet not so terrible that I will spit it out- 
just forgettable enough where I’d never order that thing again.
is really the middle ground, a fulcrum of sorts,
between terrible and delicious (sapid).

Yet rather than meaning average or mediocre
it means absent of anything interesting.
Think watered-down beer
Think tepid bagged tea from a diner
Think wine so light and dry it’s like slurping pressurized air from one of those keyboard cleaners that you should use once a week but you only use once a year…if that. 
Think Broiled chicken without spices

From the use of insipid 
for food and drink 
came the figurative development of the word. 
The result- insipid started describing other nouns, people and objects.
My guess is said development went like this:

Someone must have gone out with another person
that was
like gross tea or beer,
like forgettable wine,
like chicken you swallow purely for protein to feel something in your belly other than lettuce, during the last days of a failed diet,
and made the comparison of that person, 
to these insipid things. 
I bet the first gesture, 
that the person who got all figurative with the word 
applying to humans and such
bought the insipid person a beer,
to memorialize their insipid conversation   
While he waited for the insipid music to start
that would drown everything out,
with those same repetitive triad guitar chords, 
that strummed in four-four time
over and over again
with less flavor
then that godforsaken broiled chicken
without spices. 
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