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During gym class, we were doing a workout video. This is what happened:

Two girls start screaming at someone to keep their back straight. The thing is that they are not even keeping their backs straight.

It's really frustrating how they assume that they're doing all the exercises properly and that they can give criticism to other people.

Also, they screamed it out loud exactly when the teacher was coming around.

Is there a word to explain this type of behavior?

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In general, when a person criticizes somebody for not adhering to a standard, or value, or form of conduct, but that person himself / herself does not adhere to that standard, value or conduct, that would be called hypocrisy.

In this case, as the critics timed their criticism to coincide with the arrival of the teacher, you can add the word grandstanding.

If colloquial terms, if I had been in that class and witnessed what you did, I would have referred to the critics as obnoxious, ass-kissing hypocrites.

  • Sorry to be picky, but there's an 'e' in hypocrites. >hypocrite /ˈhɪpəkrɪt/ noun plural noun: hypocrites a hypocritical person. "the story tells of respectable Ben who turns out to be a cheat and a hypocrite" synonyms: sanctimonious person, pietist, whited sepulchre, plaster saint, humbug, pretender, deceiver, dissembler, impostor; – Dick_Knipple Apr 13 at 15:35
  • Thank you, @Dick_Knipple. I appreciate the correction. – Michael_B Apr 13 at 16:29
  • A citation or two would have been nice. – Nigel J Apr 13 at 20:47
  • Didn't expect an answer that fast. Thanks! – Arris Apr 14 at 0:51
  • @NigelJ, Thanks for the feedback. In fact, I consciously decided to exclude link references. I'm not sure how much additional value is created for an answer by posting link references to subject matter that is very easily searchable. I try to keep my answers as simple and succinct as possible. If you feel this matter is worth discussion, consider posting a question on meta. – Michael_B Apr 14 at 11:15

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