Originally Posted by Stazy
Nothing wrong with being pretentious. Girls love my monocle and discussions of why silk umbrellas are superior to nylon ones.
I hate the way the word pretentious in our generation and in our culture has now become a euphemism for = shit I know nothing about. That's not what the word means. Use it correctly.
Pretentious means attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed. It means pretending to know or are capable of things that you are not.
These days having a discussion about anything that isn't associated with low-brow culture automatically gets labeled as pretentious. "Oh he's pretentious, he's discussing world history, politics or physics, he's not talking about Hangover 2". No shitbird, if the person in question is discussing any of those topics and is pretending to know MORE about the topic than he actually knows then he's pretentious, but simply discussing the topic doesn't make him pretentious. You could be pretentious discussing car parts, Oprah, wrestling, anything under the fucking sun. It's funny how college kids (usually of the liberal middle to upper class stripe) will rail and pound the floor about the anti-intellectual nature of American political discourse, specifically anything on the right, but talk about Kafka or Stravinsky to this person and " ooooh you're pretentious".