I say to my friend,

I am an extremely good cook! Please forgive me: no bragging intended here!

What I'm trying to do is to say the same thought but using a different world: ostentatiousness.

"I'm saying this Without any ostentatiousness" or should I add the word; I'm saying this Without any ostentatiousness intended "

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    A good noun from ostentatious is ostentation. Does that fit? Please have a look at our help for single-word-requests and particularly the checklist at the bottom.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Mar 16, 2019 at 8:31
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    So the intent is to ironically be ostentatious?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Mar 16, 2019 at 12:04
  • What's wrong with your original phrasing? No bragging seems more natural and conversational. Is there some reason you want to replace bragging? (Because if you hadn't already used it, it would be a natural suggestion to replace ostentatiousness.) Note that brag is also a noun. And that's not a brag. Commented Mar 16, 2019 at 14:48

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braggadocio could potentially work well:

Boastful or arrogant behaviour

I'm saying this without any braggadocio

Re Andrew Leach's comment:


The pretentious or showy display of wealth and luxury, designed to impress.

I'm saying this without any ostentation

ODO and ODO.


Just try this one. Use the adjective

  • I am saying this without any ostentatious display of vanity.

Or simply

  • No ostentation intended

Ostentation is the making of success, wealth, power, etc, visible. Wearing an expensive watch or suit, driving an expensive car, prominent display of trophies or certificates, etc. Informing people in speech or writing of one's high opinion of one's own abilities is commonly called boasting. In many cultures, the perception of boastfulness cannot be cancelled by the speaker's use of a form of words such as "no boasting intended here". Boastfulness, in short, is in the ear of the hearer. There is a modern conversational tactic called 'humblebragging' where boasting or bragging is disguised by humble phrasing.


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