insipid in-ˈsi-pəd adjective
1. lacking interest or significance or impact
2. lacking taste or flavor or tang
The word insipid has appeared in 12 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Feb. 19 in “The Kings of the Dollar Slice Build a Better Pizza” by Julia Moskin:
… First there were classic coal-oven pies made by arriving Neapolitans, topped with crushed tomatoes or anchovies and a dusting of cheese. Their successors adapted the formula by adding salt, garlic and herbs to the tomatoes, probably to compensate for the insipid tomatoes they found here. The gas-fired oven arrived, making it possible to cook pizza at a lower heat so it would emerge softer and last longer. (That’s how individually sold slices came to be).