How can I call out a poseur?

Dear Amy: We apparently live in a time of excessive self-marketing. This is exhausting for me to be around.

Self-labeling to elevate one’s status, without earning a title through the hard work, seems epidemic.

As an example, a chiropractor calls herself a doctor. A hobbyist calls herself a photographer. A book club attendee proclaims himself to be a scholar of fiction. Words such as “amateur” and “avocation” seem to have slipped from our vocabulary.

I’d love to tell the chiropractor how my doctor/dad went to 14 years of medical school after high school. But, alas, my unsatisfying approach is to mute myself and leave them to their bubble.

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