• WordNet 3.6
    • n botheration something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer","a bit of a bother","he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
    • n botheration the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About 25 percent of all male Americans between the ages of ten and fifteen were "gainfully employed" at the turn of the century. By 1970, so few in that age bracket were employed that the U.S. Census Bureau did not bother to make inquiries about them.
    • n Botheration The act of bothering, or state of being bothered; cause of trouble; perplexity; annoyance; vexation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pennies, plural, have value to most Americans. A penny, singular, does not. Almost half of Americans say they would not bother to bend over to pick up a penny on the street, but more than half of us report having stashes of pennies laying around the house.
    • n botheration The act of bothering, or the state of being bothered; annoyance; trouble; vexation; perplexity.
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  • Sidney J. Harris
    “Middle Age is that perplexing time of life when we hear two voices calling us, one saying, Why not? and the other, Why bother?”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can reach. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries and predecessors; try to be better than yourself.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.”
  • Alice Walker
    “It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.”
  • Jack Welch
    Jack Welch
    “An overburdened, over-stretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people”
  • Ann Oakley
    Ann Oakley
    “There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.”


In literature:

I won't bother to ask the Rooster.
"The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat" by Arthur Scott Bailey
I shall not live long in a strange soil... Well, goodbye, Dan; I won't bother you any more!
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I do so loathe being bothered about clothes.
"Betty Trevor" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Whereas, if I had entered into all the details, it would have bothered you.
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
But don't you bother, I tell you.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
But don't you bother about that, sir.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
Dat what my mammy say cause he know dey wasn' gwine bother de womens.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
But it was nearly four years now since he had bothered himself with drills.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
I'm not bothered with nerves.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
I shall take it as a sign that you don't think me worth bothering about!
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson

In poetry:

We are like roses that have never bothered to
bloom when we should have bloomed and
it is as if
the sun has become disgusted with
"Finish" by Charles Bukowski
Why, Mistress Chloe, do you bother
With prattlings and with vain ado
Your worthy and industrious mother,
Eschewing them that come to woo?
"A Paraphrase," by Eugene Field
But my heart, last nicht, was an unco weicht,
An' sairly bother'd wi' doot;
An' what gude cam' into my min' to say,
My lips wadna let it oot.
"Ledgie Cooper" by Alexander Anderson
But if yor a wife an' a mother,
Yo've yor wark an' yor duties to mind;
Yo mun leearn to tak nowt as a bother,
An' to yor own comforts be blind.
"What It Is To Be A Mother" by John Hartley
There was an Old Man with a owl,
Who continued to bother and howl;
He sat on a rail
And imbibed bitter ale,
Which refreshed that Old Man and his owl.
"Limerick:There was an Old Man with a owl" by Edward Lear
Aw dooant care mich for coffee an teah,
Aw can do wi' some milk an a cake;
An fried taties they ne'er seem to me,
Worth th' bother an stink 'at they make.
"A Quiet Day" by John Hartley

In news:

At least according to the number-crunching of a dating website that claims to have invented "the Modern Sugar Daddy" -- is hot and bothered.
You get the script that says "she pretends to be gay," and it must have bothered you making sure that it did not offend the LGBT audience while at the same time trying to entertain.
If another child is bothering your child, speak to supervisors or teacher.
At first, the discrepancy bothered Bradley.
Philippe Quint on why should we even bother caring about classical.
MK Ultra Has Broken Up, But Then Again, Maybe It Hasn't Well It Has, Kind Of Oh, Bother John Vanderslice, who for the better part of the '90s has sung, written songs, and played guitar with MK Ultra, is in a strange sort of predicament.
And that's precisely what bothers some people.
My mom is a seamstress and she works for about 12 hours, when she gets home she even cooks dinner, but she's always tired so I don't want to bother her with a trivial interview.
Pinch me if I am dreaming, but something isn't right, and it has been bothering me for some time.
Rafa told him not to bother.
I accepted that (I'm friends with my ex), but I'm bothered by the amount of contact they have.
There I was, sitting at my desk, writing away, bothering no one when my phone rang.
"The fact that we have so many strikeouts , yeah, that does bother me," A's hitting coach Chili Davis said.
"The strikeouts do bother me," Barnett said.
The company's previous trademark on the model name expired in 2006, and for the past four years Toyota didn't bother to renew it.

In science:

Since the existence of these terms does not affect the arguments about to be made, we do not bother to identify and drop these terms explicitly here.
Quantum Gravity and Precision Tests
The question is: Why bother with DQ at all? The reason we do is that DQ provides some distinct advantages over canonical quantization and the path integral methods.
Deformation Quantization: From Quantum Mechanics to Quantum Field Theory
Besides, it has been shown that a free-kicked football, which basically is such a dynamical system, cannot have chaos during its flight and hence the footballers may take free-kicks without bothering, too much precisely, about the initial velocity he should deliver to the ball.
Effects of non-denumerable fixed points in finite dynamical systems
What shows the proof is that a construction which seems to be typically Euclidean is indeed not: it is purely combinatorial and it makes a very little use of the geometry, at least we do not have to bother about parallels.
About the domino problem in the hyperbolic plane, a new solution
One might ask w.r.t the semi-leptonic decays to the higher mass charm states “why bother?” It seems unlikely anything very exciting will be found.
Review of Exculsive B->D(*,**)lnu Decays -- Branching Fractions, Form-factors and |V_cb|