The Arrogance of the English Language

When the world has always been your oyster

LaDonna Witmer
A-Culturated

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The image of a page from the A section of a thesaurus, focused on “arrogance.” Synonyms include: haughtiness, loftiness, self-importance, presumption, overconfidence, pride, vanity, vainglory, conceit, snobbishness, etc.
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If it’s happened once, it’s happened mil vezes (1,000 times) since I relocated to Portugal three years ago — in the grocery store, the post office, the car repair shop, the dentist, out for dinner. I’ll begin with my oft-practiced Portuguese opener: Peço desculpa, mas não falo muito bem português. (I’m sorry, I don’t speak

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