Last night I heard the term “Humblebrag” for the first time. You know the kind of Facebook or Twitter posts: “Not looking forward to being up to my knees in dust this weekend renovating my new country home.” or “So embarrassed about being named employee of the month publicly in front of all of my colleagues. LOL” I find it so infuriating I just had to take the time from my busy weekend to write about it on my popular website (see what I did there?!)
Humblebrag: “A statement in which you pretend to be modest but which you are really using as a way of telling people about your success or achievements.” – MacMillan Dictionary
You might as well just go ahead and post: “Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m great in bed.” Bragging’s bad, but bragging and expecting pity is even worse!
Anyway, seems I’m not the only one to have noticed this. Someone has created a Twitter feed where humblebrags from popular tweeters are retweeted: https://twitter.com/Humblebrag. Hilarious! Poor Stephen Fry 🙁 And someone has even written a book about it (immediately added to my Xmas list): Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty
Have you spotted a humblebrag? If so, please post them below. I’ll post the best ones on our Facebook Page. The one with the most likes by midnight next sunday (15th) can brag about winning a copy of aforementioned Humblebrag book.