John Scalzi on self description:
For no particular reason, I thought of an observation that lexicographer (and old college pal) Erin McKean had about the word “classy,” the gist of which was that if someone used the word to describe themselves, it was often quite obvious that they were in fact the opposite.
I’ve often found that the adjectives people use to describe themselves exist on a spectrum with “aspirational” on one end and “delusional” on the other, with otherwise very little correlation to who they actually are:
While this is often true, especially in the case of vague, hard to define qualities like “classy”, I cannot entirely agree with that. Basically, it means that any time someone says something positive about themselves they are lying or delusional. Of course, it’s a good idea to avoid talking about oneself too much; it almost always makes a bad impression, but still, it bothers me that I can’t ever say anything about myself without someone automatically assuming it’s not true. (Also, does the “rule” only apply in face-to-face conversation or does it include blogging?)
I found that link in this links post at A Dress A Day, which also has several great dress related links and pictures.