The verb boast, which comes from the Latin word iactāre, was used in ancient times to refer to the shaking or shaking action. Today, on the other hand, the term is used with respect to a person when praises or praises themselves or their loved ones in an exaggerated way, boasting even of shameful or reprehensible acts.
For instance: “Esteban was sanctioned for bragging about his friendship with the manager”, “I think the coach can boast of the level his team showed throughout the tournament”, “The actor was harshly criticized by the press for boasting that he had money to spare to satisfy his every whim”.
Take the case of a group of friends. One of them does nothing but talk about the job you have, claiming that it allows you to earn large income and access privileges. He also permanently comments on the products he buys and the trips he enjoys. It can be said that this boy he does not stop boasting of his financial position, trying to generate envy in others.
A grandmother, for her part, can brag about your grandchildren. All the weather He tells people about the achievements of these boys, emphasizing the good grades they get in school, their sporting successes, their artistic talents, etc. However, the woman is unaware of her boasting: it is just natural for her to share her pride in her family.
As you can see, bragging does not always have a goal or an end. He who usually boasts to provoke envy adopts a negative attitude, whereas whoever brags inadvertently is not trying to provoke anything in particular.
In the case of the person who boasts of his alleged knowledge, achievement or abilities, or of their material belongings there is, therefore, the desire to generate envy in their environment. While this may be completely reprehensible at first, let’s not forget that the consequences of behavior like this are often very negative for her.
If we talk about our salary to generate envy in our acquaintances, we run the risk of someone trying to steal money or destroy some of our belongings. We never get to know well the people with whom we have a moderate relationship, such as our neighbors, and that is why we must choose the information we share with them carefully.
Boasting about the purchase of a luxury car, for example, can lead to someone marking the body, which steal some of its parts, to remove the rear view mirrors or puncture the wheels, among other possibilities. All this without overlooking the possibility that it is stolen or caused by a third party.
On the other hand we have situations like the one previously exposed of people who constantly talk about their loved ones presenting them as highly capable individuals, physically beautiful and successful. They do not do it with bad intentions, but driven by love and admiration, but they can also generate negative responses if they go overboard in their bragging.
Among the many synonyms that we can use to substitute the term boast, are the following: boast, boast, brag, brag, brag, brag, brag, strut, brag, bluff, flaunt and be elegant.
As we can see, not all the terms have the same connotation, and in fact one of them leads us in a direction that we have not mentioned yet: it is about pride, a meaning that also allows us to cover cases such as that of a person who claims to have certain information or certain prestige in a certain area. Although you may intend to flaunt, there is not always an exaggeration of the truth. For example, a person may “Boast of knowing the system from A to Z” and really have this knowledge.