Preen, a verb…to devote effort to making oneself look attractive and then admire one’s appearance : adolescents preening in their bedroom mirrors.
To preen, congratulate or pride oneself : he’s busy preening himself on acquiring such a dandy haircut.
This word has been coming up a lot in my life lately since I seem to be surrounded by preeners…people who tend to boast, brag, showoff or swagger…gloat, crow, exaggerate and dramatically overstate how remarkably talented and gifted they are.
Someone gazing into a mirror a bit too long, like a bird who preens its feathers after a lengthy toilette…it tidies, grooms, smooths and arranges…primps, pomps, poses, driving their peers to distraction not to mention the nearest bar.
I don’t have the preen gene, but it’s amazing how many people do making me think, it’s becoming epidemic. I’m besieged by them insisting I look and see how fabulous they are.
Bores in our midst who, despite their overblown self-worth are…pale, stale, tedious and flat…tiring, edgeless, vapid and bland…prosaic, dreary, dull and dry as a bone…and my personal favorite…mind-numbing like a drug one is forced into taking.
The funny part, many in this group with such high regard for themselves have little going on, yet sell their wares successfully featuring…vanity, haughtiness, arrogance and pride…snobbery, cockiness, conceit and an ego the size of fucking Kansas.
If you’re a tad impressionable, you actually start believing them…their hoax, prank, trick and ruse…spoof, scam, fraud and jest…in other words…it’s all smoke and mirrors baby.
With the exception of loving all the synonymous spin-offs, I can’t stand preeners. I want to stop them in mid preen and say, do you have any idea how obnoxious you are not to mention irritating, repugnant, sickening, and gross…offensive, overbearing, objectionable and..have you ever stopped to hear yourself? You’re about as entertaining as Muzak piped in an elevator.
Sadly, this ilk gets further than the rest of us humblers who spend our time more on our art than its promotion.
I guess what I’m trying to say other than words are doubly rich and worth looking up is…
it’s a true art to be an asshole.