Welcome to Wordsmithing, where I’ll be learning words with you!
I’m fortunate enough to follow a lot of internet-type people who use intelligent vocabulary. Sometimes I run across a word I’m unfamiliar with. When I do, I’ll share it with you so that we can all get smarter together. Sound good?
Today’s word is hubris.
Hubris is defined as: excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
My first impression: “Hubris. Isn’t that ground up chickpeas? No,wait, that’s hummus.”
I’ve seen “hubris” used in negative and positive ways.
“I had the hubris to get a giant ice cream cone.”
“You will laugh and laugh at my fatness and hubris.”
This word is awesome because: It can be interchanged with both “confidence” and “arrogance.” What some people call confidence, others call arrogance–but they can all agree that it’s hubris.
Likelihood of me actually using this word: 40%
I still can’t get rid of my initial association of hubris with hummus. I can’t say “hubris” without giggling and wishing I had chickpeas and tortilla chips.