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In Search of the Legal Humblebrag

As you know, sometimes I feel compelled to go slightly outside of the legal world when writing this blog. That's okay, though, because under the Rules of LBW Procedure which govern this blog's jurisdiction, I have discretion to write about anything so long as:

1. It was discussed on a legal blog;

2. It is law-related; or

3. I assert special jurisdiction under the "Pick of the Litter" theory

Today I assert special jurisdiction under the Pick of the Litter theory to share with you the awesomeness that is the "Humblebrag." The Humblebrag is a word and concept created by Harris Wittels, a writer for television shows such as "Parks and Recreation" and "Eastbound and Down," who also writes for the website Grantland. Wittels explains the Humblebrag concept as follows:

A Humblebrag is basically a specific type of bragging which masks the brag in a faux-humble guise. The false humility allows the offender to boast their "achievements" without any sense of shame or guilt. Unfortunately/fortunately, Humblebragging is very commonly used in our society, and for some reason Twitter seems to be the perfect forum for people to do it. 

As further defined by the Urban Dictionary, the Humblebrag is a way of "subtly letting others now about how fantastic your life is while undercutting it with a bit of self-effacing humor or 'woe is me' gloss."

Twitter is, indeed, the perfect forum for the Humblebrag, and Wittels has created an @humblebrag Twitter account devoted solely to highlighting the worst offenders. Here are some representative Humblebrags compiled by Wittels:

  • @leeunkrich:"Spaz Alert: I tripped walking up stairs to stage to receive my Oscar Nominee certificate. #foreveranerd"
  • @OfficialMsTila:"I hate my lambo! Police is ALWAYS pulling me over just cuz its a lambo so they always think I'm speeding but I'm not!! Then they let me go!"
  • @HalRunkel:"Well, I'll definitely be the one with bags under my eyes on the Today Show flt to NYC is still delayed."
  • @TotesMcGotes"Yes!! Comped penthouse suite in Vegas on a Holiday Weekend. I would feel good about that but just means I gamble too damn much :( "

Once you grasp the Humblebrag concept, you realize that Humblebrags are everywhere. Wittels already has the general population covered, but I am going to start scouring the legal Twittersphere for Legal Humblebrags starting right now. My initial review of the people I follow on Twitter did not turn up any recent Legal Humblebrags, but I did find this one by a journalist. If you spot a Legal Humblebrag that you would like to flag for posterity, please shoot it to me at @brucecarton. Thanks!

Posted by Bruce Carton on August 8, 2011 at 01:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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