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What's a humble brag?

Posted on by Kieran McGovern



“I am well aware that I am the 'umblest person going,” said Uriah Heep, modestly from David Copperfield

Humble-bragging is the art of boasting while expressing your modesty in the manner of the Dickens character.  Tim Parks recently gave this example from William Faulkner's Nobel Prize acceptance speech:

“I feel this award was not made to me as a man,” he begins with apparent humility, seemingly denying personal prowess and heading off, as Faulkner always did, the all-too-evident relations between his stories and his biography, “but to my work, a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit.” 

All the attention must be on the work, but as a manifestation of saintly human endeavour. Whose? Faulkner’s of course.

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