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    #1

    He's always boasting/exaggerating/bluffing

    Whatever John says, don't buy it. He's always boasting/exaggerating/bluffing.


    I'd venture to say that all the underlined words sound good in the above, but do they all carry the same message? Thanks.


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    Re: He's always boasting/exaggerating/bluffing

    Similar but not the same Angli,

    To boast is to proudly speak of ones own achievements

    To exaggerate is to make something appear to be larger or more important than it really is

    To bluff is to deceive someone into thinking (for example) that you know something that you don't know, or to make a threat that you can't actually carry out.

    The last comes from poker I believe

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    Re: He's always boasting/exaggerating/bluffing

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Whatever John says, don't buy it. He's always boasting/exaggerating/bluffing.


    I'd venture to say that all the underlined words sound good in the above, but do they all carry the same message? Thanks.
    Angli,

    A person who 'boasts' usually has the goods to back up the boast.
    A person who 'exaggerates' has less goods than he wants you to think he has.
    A person who 'bluffs' wants you to think he has the goods when,in fact, he may have nothing at all.

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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    Re: He's always boasting/exaggerating/bluffing

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Angli,

    A person who 'boasts' usually has the goods to back up the boast.
    A person who 'exaggerates' has less goods than he wants you to think he has.
    A person who 'bluffs' wants you to think he has the goods when,in fact, he may have nothing at all.

    Cheers,
    Amigos4
    Thanks, Amigos, for the extra-technical analysis.
    Got it.


    Cheers,


    Angliholic

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