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11 Jun 2019, 9:44 pm



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19 Jun 2019, 7:10 pm

zhuangbility
derivation Chinese sound analogy derivation; noun
The ability of pretending to be a master of certain aspects or boasting to possess much experience and knowledgeable in certain areas, ranging from luxury goods and sports(i.e. golf, private plane, hotels) to daily stuffs(i.e. pencil, mug cup).

This word comes from the pronunciation of a Chinese word: zhuang bi, which is a verb of the previous definition of zhuangbility. Adding the suffix -ility gives the meaning of the ability to do such things. This word is normally used as a derogatory term in both Chinese and English, not only because pretending to be someone that one is not is not good, but also due to that msot Chinese considers that speaking English with Chinese is a particularly annoying and unsuccessful way to show one’s zhuangbility.
Etymology : Derivation from the sound of a Chinese word zhuang bi “boast, pretend”, plus suffix -ility at the end.
Source : “Zhuangbility is an attitude.” slogan of iLifeStyle, app by Clover. 2012.9.30

https://neologisms.rice.edu/index.php?a ... =1&t=17608



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31 Jul 2019, 5:27 pm

A thing I heard folks on a British import talk radio show talk about some years ago, but haven't heard since.

"Putting on prolet -airs".

A combination of "proletarian", and "putting on airs" it means "drawing attention to one's own either real, or imagined, blue collar working class background". inverted snobbery, so to speak.

Certain politicians have been known for doing that. Nixon, and Bill Clinton, come to mind.