I know humble bragging isn’t a new concept. I’m sure there have been other words to describe it, like false modesty. But, I found humblebrag used as a word in a post on CNN Money. If a word can make it there, seems it’s working it’s way into the language and worth knowing.
So I found out more… there is an upcoming book about the humblebrag. Need a guide or tips: The Art and Science of the Humblebrag. Almost all examples of humblebragging are from celebrities (movie and TV stars in the US). Which really just shows how much power the media gives them. I’m sure there are people who could come up with humblebrags of real cleverness but they are seldom heard.
Of course, spellcheck isn’t accepting humblebrag as a word (two words would be fine, but as a compound word…). Will humblebrag make it as a lasting word or just be another fad word?
I think bragging sucks, don’t get me wrong, but I get it. What I hate about a humble brag is that people try to come off like they aren’t bragging. It’s people not being honest about their intention. Just tell us you are at an exclusive party. Don’t hide it behind a complaint about your dress not fitting.
Why do you think so many people humbly brag?
That is a question I constantly ask myself after reading a really good humble brag. It’s people wanting other people to envy them. I have realized that people do most things so they can tell other people about it. It’s all validation.