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Self-Deprecating vs. Self Depreciating

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A remark that’s critical of oneself might be described as self-deprecating. Surprisingly, though, before the 1940s, such a remark was properly said to be self-depreciating. In Garner’s Modern English Usage (Bookshop|Amazon), grammarian Bryan Garner notes that the use of these terms has flipped over time. Though long viewed as incorrect, self-deprecating is now 50 times more common than self-depreciating. This is part of a complete episode.

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