I find some people do things to show others they are something which they truly not are but only in superficial side. For example, a newbie movie freak will start putting all the "top 50" movies of all time posters in his/her room to show others he/she is a big movie enthusiast but you can clearly see he has not done his own research.

Hope you understand. Please suggest a word to describe this behaviour.

In sports terms someone could be called a gloryhunter if he/she starts supporting already championship winning team without being a deep big fan.


A dilettante is a person that shows interest or skill in an activity or subject at a purely superficial level.

From the Cambridge dictionary:

a person who is or seems to be interested in a subject, but whose understanding of it is not very deep or serious

And the OED:

A person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.

If a person brags about their knowledge in a subject, when in fact they are not knowledgeable at all, you might call them a charlatan - though this term is often more closely associated with people claiming to be skilled in medicine when they are in fact 'quacks'.

From the OED:

A person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill.

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e.g. wannabe pop stars practising under the shower

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maybe your looking for the word that generally describes that type of people which could be a tag-along, or just simply a follower type of person.

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  • Maybe. Please can you explain your answer in full? Why could they be this sort of person? – Matt E. Эллен Sep 19 '17 at 11:42

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