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Thursday, January 29, 2004

soi-disant

\swah-dee-ZAHN\ , adjective;
1.
Self-styled; so-called.
Quotes:
The study exposes most varieties of 'human resource management' as a complete waste ofttimes promoted by soi-disant gurus and self-serving consultants with an eye for a quick buck.
-- "Support for an old-fashioned view", Independent, May 12, 1994
The troupe, soi-disant egalitarians, mostly turn out to be royal phonies.
-- Craig Offman, "Whiz Kid", Time, February 1, 1999
Origin:
Soi-disant comes from the French, from soi, "oneself" + disant, "saying," present participle of dire, "to say."
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