An ordinary, unexciting thing can be called mundane: "Superman hid his heroic feats by posing as his mundane alter ego, Clark Kent."

Mundane, from the Latin word mundus, "world," originally referred to things on earth. Such things were supposed to be uninteresting when compared to the delights of Heaven; hence the word's present meaning. Writing about reality TV shows, a Newsweek writer opined, "In reality bizarro-world, the mundane is presented as the spectacular" — in other words, people's everyday routines are now televised as entertainment.

Definitions of mundane
  1. adjective
    found in the ordinary course of events
    synonyms: everyday, quotidian, routine, unremarkable, workaday
    not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
  2. adjective
    concerned with the world or worldly matters
    mundane affairs”
    synonyms: terrestrial
    secular, temporal, worldly
    characteristic of or devoted to the temporal world as opposed to the spiritual world
  3. adjective
    belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
    “yet a mundane wonder of unimagined kind”
    synonyms: terrene
    of or belonging to or characteristic of this earth as distinguished from heaven
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