New Word to Add to the Lexicon (And to Avoid in Practice): The Humblebrag
The Wall Street Journal interviews the inventor of the Humblebrag twitter feed.
Definition: “a humble brag is basically a specific type of bragging that masks the brag in a faux-humble guise.”
I don’t think this was highlighted on the Humblebrag feed, but here’s a good example from Andrew Sullivan talking about his British accent:
I remember my first months in Harvard classrooms, gob-smacked by how my contributions, however lame, were invariably treated with respect because my accent framed them.
Sounds self-deprecating—until you realize that he’s highlighting his Harvard education and that his classmates were captivated by him almost from day one.
It’s tempting to point out evangelical examples—but the more edifying thing is probably for us to be aware of the tendency in our own hearts to highlight our achievements and to work against the lure of the praise of man.