Boast: to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride. In our all-about-me culture, it’s becoming increasingly prevalent (and seemingly acceptable) to interrupt and one-up conversations with stories about ourselves.
Kirstin Wiigs’ SNL character “Penelope” helps me see this side of myself. I don’t like it, but I’m grateful for the humorous take.
Are not Penelope’s self-centered interruptions another example of what Josef Pieper calls “speech without a partner“?
When our speech is loving, it is always for the benefit of the other, not for self-aggrandizement.
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