I'm not getting it. Could you please post some examples? Who typically humblebrags?
Why is it every time a limo picks me up, the driver smells bad?
My shoes smell so bad, Mexicans like to dine near them.
Some of the dumbest people I've ever met went to Harvard with me.
Although I invented the color red, I prefer orange.
If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?
"Ever since we donated the silver Prius to "SisterWives No Más!" I'm wearing a groove into the sidewalks around Park Slope. No matter how much I force myself to eat I am _swimming_ in my clothes. I don't have the heart to have them taken in - you don't own vintage couture, you safeguard it for posterity, no?. SUCH a responsibility!"
"I don't know about my hair and makeup people. My hairdresser spent hours and hours on this hairdo, and I think it's just too much. And the makeup, don't you think it's overdone, etc?"
I heard a C-list actress go on like this for ten minutes, she was obviously so thrilled to have hair and makeup people that she couldn't talk about anything else.
Great name for a band...
I've been chewing on this candy bar forever; can we flood the town now?
Most cats will chase birds; mine sharply rejects sanctions.
If squares were circles, I'd be a circle squared!
Falling backward in forward-time invokes terror!
Bury your snout in this and claim you believe in a god.
When I think of those who have so little it just made sense that I donate my other Rolex to the charity auction.
It's so hard for me to watch American Idol because I have perfect pitch.
Smoking crack is the intellectual's crack smoking.
Um. Still don't know what a humblebrag is.
Can I get a definition with my example?
Humblebrag: status boast transparently wrapped in apology or complaint.
Christ, R16, after a number of examples you don't get it? Are you fucking retarded? 12? Feeble?
You know, I didn't stay awake for 72 hours trying to figure out the solution for global warming just for myself. I didn't work on this until my fingers bled, and I was so delirious from a lack of food, I almost fainted several times.
This isn't about me. This is about the world, and the children, and future generations. And if I turned down a $30 million job, to do this, I did it for us. So don't thank me for saving the world. My thanks is seeing the joy in the faces of the children who, I know, because of my efforts, these kids will have a future.
R3 & R13 are the best examples so far...IMO.
Look up Jenna Maroney back door brag on Youtube.
Nope, still don't get it. Sometimes I can't solve puzzles, you know, if they're too pedestrian.
"Oh I am just so crazy busy these days."
A brag disguised as a complaint. Everyone uses it, and it irritates me to all hell.
I'm 55, worth about 2.5m, and not knowing what to put in my will is a real worry.
R21, Christ! How is it POSSIBLE to be so fucking dense??
I am no good at puzzles either. But I can read and comprehend:
"humblebrag": To be FALSELY humble WHILE bragging. I didn't make up the word; don't know its origin but there are NUMEROUS examples here.
It seems to be a coined word, and to be a verb. Example, perhaps: Two guys are listening to another talk about how he works hard in his vegetable garden, which veggies he donates to a food bank, but he WORRIES about his $1,000 (insert a brand) shoes getting dirty.
OR, he took $400 worth of food from his frig and pantry to donate to said food bank but when he left to go home, he discovered someone had banged into and dented his 2014 BMW.
R21, do you see? He is being FALSELY humble because in the same sentence as he is espousing his humility (donating food) he is also DELIBERATELY mentioning something in a braggadocio fashion (cost of shoes, presumed cost of expensive car.)
Hope you get it now! if not you're either (a) SAYING you don't get it, to drive people on the board nuts or (b) too stupid to live (allowances made for:extreme youth, senility, or over-medication.)
R21 be trollin'.
R24, I am over-medicated, trying to drive people crazy, and offering my own example. You're welcome.
It's hard having such a small house - I'm running out of room to display all of my Oscars.
I love the word.
No, I could never be President. I wouldn't want to live in a smaller house.
"I did Habitat For Humanity during my gap year."
People always underestimate my instincts because of my looks.
My huge dick sometimes chokes my whores to death.
Why do I always get gassy limo drivers?
"We have great dinner parties at which everyone sits around talking about politics, history, art and literature—all this peppered with really funny jokes. But back in America, I was at a party and a girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh, my God! Are those Juicy jeans that you’re wearing?’ and I thought, I can’t stay here. I have to get back to Europe."
Cannes is so O-vah!
R34 - best example ever and the reason everyone hates her.
Oh, the beach house is just a rundown little cottage. A bungalow, practically. It only has half as many bathrooms as our cabin in the mountains.
None of my Gucci purses match the outfit I wanted to wear tonight, so I am stuck with a Coach bag.
How are we expected to plan our trip to Paris while we are stuck in Rome for the next two weeks?
The first time I heard a humble brag it made me feel like shit. I was a dorky 15 year old and the 16 year girl I was a camp counselor with said, "don't you hate it when all those guys like you and you just don't like them back?"
She had frizzy hair and was no beauty, but it shows the value of confidence.
I had to trade in my last Jag-u-wah because the ashtrays got full.
"But what about the children?
The traffic to our home in the Hamptons is awful, I wish I was sitting at home like you are.
"I've been meaning to watch Mad Men, but I'm so busy between seeing friends and parties and all the work dinners I have to go to. You're SO LUCKY to have time for yourself!"
Kenneth: The personal essay is way harder than I thought, cause it's not in my nature to brag on myself.
Jenna: Not even a back door brag?
Kenneth: What's a back door brag?
Jenna: Backdoor bragging is sneaking something wonderful about yourself in everyday conversation. Like when I tell people it's hard for me to watch American Idol cause I have perfect pitch. You try it.
Kenneth: Oh, it's hard for me to watch American Idol because there's a water bug on my channel changer.
This comes back later in a talk with Liz:
Jenna: People always underestimate my instincts because of my good looks.
Liz: This is no time for back door bragging!
The wine at this Napa Valley winery tour is absolutely horrible.
You are so lucky you are not going to St. Barths for Christmas, I just know my flight will be delayed.
I wish my skin could handle cotton, I can only wear silk. I have to spend a fortune on sheets.
So many funny posts here, I wish my iPad 4 Retina got better wifi here in the Tuscan villa so I could join in.
r24 - I don't think you actually understand. Your examples are terrible. And r21, that's not really a humblebrag either; it's just a somewhat stealthy snide remark.
It's when someone cloaks a brag in some fake humility. It's a sneaky way of soliciting compliments, often seen on Facebook:
"I consider it an honour [HUMBLE] to volunteer at the hospital [BRAG]."
You'd think that with a MacArthur Genius Grant and a Nobel Prize to my name I could figure out humblebrag.
I like the word bragplaining.
"Beauty fades! I just turned 29, so I probably don't have that many good years left in me."
I just stepped on a piece of gum! Who spits out their gum on the Red Carpet!!
HBO pays very little, really. My role is pretty much in every episode since my character appeared, but I can barely pay my bills -- whined a regular on The Sopranos who came from the second home in Montauk to attend a gala in Bridgehampton.
I left out "charity." It was a charity gala in Bridgehampton.