1. I like the construct of that sentence
I’m paying attention to what you are saying but also marveling at your ability to cobble together elegant sentences. Unfortunately, I pick this weird way of saying what I’m thinking.
Evaluation: I can’t tell if this is pretentious or not, though I can understand why it could be considered so.
2. I really like this South American tea called Mate
I really do like it. I have an experimental tongue. I like different types of tea. Sometimes I need to say it out loud because I love it so much!
Evaluation: Guilty – This is very pretentious! I sound like I want you to appreciate the fact that I have tried rare things.
3. You should hear what Slavoj Zizek has to say about this
In the days of the Zizek–Lady Gaga friendship quoting Zizek has become a humourous thing to do. However just a few months ago it was seen as an introduction to your philosophical ideas.
Evaluation: Zizek used to be funny because of what he said, now he’s funny for just being Zizek. I have no regrets, pretentious or not, for trying to introduce him in conversation.
4. Have you ever read The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Ok I love this book and want to talk about it all the time. My teenage self was similarly fixated on Great Expectations in a similar way. I like this book so much that I even bought a book called The Unbearable Lightness of Being in Aberystwyth (which will probably turn out to be a good buy).
Verdict: I guess it’s pretentious. Not because I love the book but because I behave like life depends on everyone reading it!
5. You mean “uninterested”?
Yes, I happen to know that disinterested and uninterested does not mean the same thing.
Verdict: This is so pretentious my children too should be pretentious because I know this. However, disinterested has a specific meaning and must be preserved because of that.
6. When I lived in London…
I love London. I have never lived life like I lived in London. I met cool people, went to cool places, did cool things, and spoke of Bombay lovingly.
Verdict: London is a great city and to tell people about it sounds like a way of saying I’ve been there and you haven’t so suck it up! PRETENTIOUS!!!
7. Have you been rock climbing?
I love rock climbing. I’m not very good at it, but I love it plus it helped me get over my fear of heights. I keep asking people if they have been rock climbing so that if they haven’t I can tell them that they should.
Verdict: It sounds more like “I WENT ROCK CLIMBING AND YOU DID NOT”. Heavily pretentious but not so bad either.
8. This is the second best pizza topping I have ever had.
This one is pretty bad isn’t it.
Verdict: No contest!
9. I’m going to make a post on my blog self evaluating how pretentious I am