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Vitali
148859.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:12 am Reply with quote

A tricky word to suggest without being accused of suffering from it...

Just a couple of quotes to start the ball rolling, so to speak:

Quote:

Egotism is the anaesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity
/Frank Leahy/

Quote:
Egotism is usually just a case of mistaken non-entity
/Barbara Stanwyck/

 
Jenny
148996.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:25 pm Reply with quote

What were egotistic people accused of being before Freud introduced the concept of ego?

 
Flash
148998.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:36 pm Reply with quote

Egoism, apparently:

Quote:
egoism and egoist were borrowed 1785 from Fr. egoisme, egoiste, coined 1755 as philosophical terms for "thinking subject." Egotism, egotist expressing "selfishness," are native coinages from 1714, first used by Joseph Addison; the -t- is perhaps by influence of nepotism, where it belongs. Addison credits the term to "Port-Royalists" who used it in reference to obtrusive use of first person sing. pronoun in writing, hence "talking too much about oneself." Meaning "self-conceit, selfishness" is 1800.


Etymonline

 
Jenny
148999.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 5:41 pm Reply with quote

Klaxon there surely Flash? In your own quote it says Addison coined the word as a variant of the French egoisme in 1714 and that it was used as a term for self-conceit or selfishness in 1800. So even before Freud egotists were accused of being egotists.

 
Flash
149007.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:17 pm Reply with quote

That's what I thought I was saying. I confess that it was news to me, though.

 
MatC
149144.  Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:37 am Reply with quote

Rather interesting news, I think, in a double-bluffly reverse-bluffer sort of way. How about "Who invented masturbation?" followed up with "Who invented egotism?"

 

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