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I've recently seen that "pretentious" is the insult of choice, and I've come to the conclusion that most of the people who use the word just want to use a big word and sound like they're intelligent and NOT just being butthurt about something. Because in the instances where "pretentious" was used, it made NO sense because the person was NOT acting arrogant or trying to claim unwarranted respect or importance.

I haven't said much about the issue, since I didn't have a GOOD example of someone acting pretentious. I do now. Behold:

Asking, in a tone that conveyed walking on eggshells and trying desperately hard to find out why someone has a vendetta against them =/ pretentious. In fact, in this case, the person in question is behaving in the exact opposite way; they're not demanding that the vendetta be dropped, nor are they assuming that the person with the grudge is, say, jealous. They're not assuming to know what they did wrong. They're a little confused, maybe a tad bewildered, and want a clear answer why the grudge is in existence so they can try to make right whatever they did wrong.

This does NOT match the definition of pretentious.

In a debate thread, a person makes a post that's largely irrelevant to the topic. After four or five replies after the off-topic poster's, they quote their own post and demand to know whether everyone's just too ignorant to know the answer to his inquiry, or if everyone would just feel too stupid to admit that he's right.

THAT is pretentious. Here is why: first, he feels that he's ENTITLED to a response. He obviously feels that his response, however off-topic, is not only the only worthwhile one. He also obviously feels that there is absolutely no possible way that he's wrong.

Do we all understand what "pretentious" means now?

(And yes. I'm aware of the irony.)

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