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I like literary and cultural references, but I can enjoy them without proving that I get the reference by reciting the entire title or quote.

I know that explicitly sharing social experience is the modern poosking, but I find it gauche. I'm not elitist; I'm just introverted.

So, is there a name for the compulsion to announce and explain references, subtle or otherwise?

  • Showboating? Verbal twerking? – Spehro Pefhany Jan 26 '14 at 5:32
  • No, "showboating" is showing-off. And twerking can mean anything these days. I mean, the need to show everyone that you get the joke, really! – Richard Haven Jan 26 '14 at 5:36
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"An annoying habit" comes to mind. I also wonder if it is a bit of a compulsion so maybe the term "compulsive trivia-reciting" can be adopted for this trait. I also know people with this habit and after the 50-millionth Elvis impersonation for "thank you, thank you very much", you can imagine how it is received.

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There's no common term for that that I've encountered. If there was, I'd have probably heard it, because this describes my own behavior fairly well, at least with music. I trained my brain in childhood to play a local radio contest. The contest is over, but the training remains.

My wife does the same with Shakespeare. If you say a line of The Bard's around her, you're most likely gonna hear the next line. Just about any engineer I know is liable to pull the same trick on you if you quote from Monty Python's Holy Grail or Princess Bride.

  • Still with the Holy Grail refs? That was driving folks nuts even back in the 1980's. – Wayfaring Stranger Jan 30 '14 at 21:03
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Think referential fits the bill

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