Recently a friend of mine told me that something he had written online was controversial.
He was exaggerating. What he had written (let’s say it was a Facebook status) evoked something of a reaction from people that disagreed with him, which he then milked and tried to make into a bigger deal than it was.
One of the unfortunate symptoms of Web 2.0 is the need for people to make anything and everything they write and do seem like it has some weight or importance. This leads to people making outrageous claims and heaping certain labels unto themselves. These labels aren’t just ridiculous and undeserved, but actually indicate the person doing so is anything but.
There are certain adjectives that, when describing ourselves, we simply can’t use due to modesty and certain cultural mores. Unless you’re an athlete, and even then it borders on self-parody (see: James, Lebron and Henderson, Rickey).
Thus, I give you Forbidden Self-Descriptive Adjectives:
Anybody that tells you that s/he is “controversial” is clearly trying too hard. It’s bad enough when celebrities and musicians do it to artificially boost their standing in the public limelight, but when you do it amongst friends, it becomes particularly embarrassing for you.
Einstein didn’t walk around telling everybody he was brilliant. Smart people are often insecure, but never about being smart. They let their deeds, words, and/or actions speak to that.
This is another thing that is better said through actions and deeds. It’s also become, in modern political discourse, a hackneyed adjective. The word is invoked more often to knock down opposition or make a political point than it is to honor someone who’s actually done something of merit. Also, can we stop pretending there are a large number of Americans that walk around “hating America?” It’s childish and stupid. But that’s a rant for another time.
A NICE GUY.
Fellow dudes, listen. I know that you’re frustrated because something didn’t work out and/or a girl doesn’t like you. But it’s not because you’re a nice guy. Real nice guys don’t tell people they’re a nice guy as an excuse or a plea for pity. Also, you’re most likely not a nice guy. You don’t do anything that’s particularly awful, per se, but a nice guy you ain’t. In fact, you’re kind of a selfish brat.
What’re some others? Against my better judgement, I’ll turn it over to you, the readers.
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