What word best describes a behaviour in which one is boastful or proud of an attribute that most would consider undesirable? (E.g., "There ain't anyone around here dumber or fatter than me."

  • An idiot? Haha. Sorry, but....yea :/ – Kace36 Jul 20 '17 at 7:11
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    I see an inexplicable optimism. – peerless Jul 20 '17 at 10:21
  • This would be hard to express even with a phrase. I might call it "pretentious humility" . This question led me into a web surfing rabbit hole looking into people using these words together, whether it is a known rhetorical device (a few come close, but not that close). I also wandered to searches to see if it is a sign of something like narcissism (there are some hits on the two words together, however none of the discussions seemed particularly worthy of citation) – Tom22 Jul 20 '17 at 22:20
  • 'self-deprecating' might be a simple way although it doesn't catch everything, and falls a step or two short of "boastful". I might write it up as a qualified answer though. – Tom22 Jul 20 '17 at 22:26
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    "Wearing his ____ on his sleeve" is the colloquial phrase that comes to mind. E.g., tactlessness. – Xanne Jul 21 '17 at 1:35

We may use the word , "Vainglorious" which is to mean a person of whom we are critical because he is proud of what he is or has done and boasts a lot about himself or his doings. A vainglorious attitude is not very likeable and can be annoying to be around. An example :

  • The vainglorious trainer spent more time flexing his muscles and talking tall than he did helping build his clients.
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    Vainglory would be the associated behavior. – thomj1332 Jul 21 '17 at 18:44

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