Portuguese Streets Flooded with 2.2 Million Liters of Red Wine
humblebrag: boasting about something in a way that is seemingly incidental, modest, self-critical, or complaining
Residents of Levira, Portugal, were shocked to see their streets flowing with wine this past Sunday. Two large tanks from a distillery accidentally flooded the small town with 2.2 million liters of red wine. This is enough wine to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
While people on the internet made biblical comparison jokes, the distillery apologized. They accepted responsibility and promised to clean everything up. In the face of disaster, the chief executive of the distillery found time for a humblebrag. He noted that there was no strong smell in the streets because the wine was very high quality.
1. I’m not sure why everyone thinks I’m an expert just because I’ve been invited to speak at the conference. (This is a humblebrag because the speaker is downplaying their expertise while highlighting the honor of being invited to speak at a conference.)
2. I’ve been getting so many messages after that interview, but I didn’t think what I said was that insightful. (In this humblebrag the person is modestly questioning their own insights while drawing attention to the high number of messages they’ve received after the interview.)
3. People keep mistaking me for that famous actor; I don’t see the resemblance at all.
(The humblebrag here is that the speaker is indirectly boasting about looking like a celebrity while acting surprised about the comparison.)
4. My boss is overloading me at work. He says that I’m the only one he trusts to do it right, but I’m overworked. (This is a humblebrag because the individual is complaining about being overloaded but emphasizes that it’s due to their unique competence and the trust their boss places in them.)
5. I always try to sleep on flights, but I never can. No matter where I sit, even in first class, I still can’t relax. (In this humblebrag the person is sharing a complaint about not being able to sleep while incidentally mentioning that they often fly first class.)
6. It’s so hard to find a quiet cafe to write in now that my book has become a bestseller.
(This statement is a humblebrag because the writer complains about a minor inconvenience while mentioning the success of their book becoming a bestseller.)