December 21st, 2007

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Pretentious much?

I have an interesting relationship with the word 'pretentious'. I think it's about time I came clean about that.

'Pretentious' means, roughly, acting above one's station. Acting with pretense, to take the word back to its roots. "He's so pretentious" means, basically, "he's acting better than he is." And since the speaker is describing the speaker's own beliefs (who else's?), the phrase really means, "he's acting better than I believe he is."

That's interesting by itself. It means you can't improve somebody's opinion of you without acting pretentious. To get above your (old) self, you first have to figuratively get above yourself. After all, your old (perceived) self wouldn't be able to do what you're trying, so it's beyond them. And yet you're trying anyway. Pretentious much?

I started researching this post by going to Merriam-Webster and getting myself a dictionary definition of the word 'pretentious'. And it basically told me that I didn't need to write this. The English language pointed out this exact same thing for all to see. Now, I'll pass on that same nugget of wisdom to all of you:

Pretentious

1: characterized by pretension: as a: making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing)
1b: expressive of affected, unwarranted, or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature

2: making demands on one's skill, ability, or means : ambitious <the pretentious daring of the Green Mountain Boys in crossing the lake — American Guide Series: Vermont>
Thac0 scared

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The girl and I are frantically packing and getting ready to fly to Florida for a week. This is a good thing.

However, we will be unresponsive for a week to internet-everything. This is still basically a good thing for us, but maybe not so much for you, especially if you spend your time thinking, "why aren't they answering? Do they hate me?"

The girl's cellphone continues to work fine. Mine is working even less fine than usual - in addition to no display, the charger seems to have failed completely and it's out of juice. So if I don't respond, it *is* because I hate you. Only you specifically, though.

Now, we should go and eat.