Are YOU guilty of ‘humble’ bragging? People reveal the most outrageous examples – from a mother upset her son’s school ‘labelled’ him gifted to one bemoaning the window cleaning in her huge house 

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  • Mumsnet users from across the UK shared comments made by humble braggers
  • Discussion began due to a woman boasting about seeing lemurs in Madagascar
  • Responses said they’ve seen people bragging about their child’s achievements
  • Others claimed have friends who boast about their holidays and partner’s salary

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From a mother wringing her hands over her son being ‘labelled’ after his school identified him as ‘gifted and talented’ to aa woman who bemoaned the window cleaning involved in having a huge house, people have been sharing the most outrageous humble brags they’ they have heard.

People from across the UK took to the mumsnet forum to share the boastful statements they’ve heard both in person and online, including a woman unhappy at missing out on regional food on holiday – because she stayed on a friend’s yacht and was served lobster.

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Elsewhere, a wife pondered whether her husband’s £50,000 pay rise was ‘worth it’ because they don’t see so much of each other after his promotion.

Others said they have friends who brag about their children’s accomplishments, with one claiming ‘it’s much harder’ for her daughter to choose a university with all predicted A*s.

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People from across the UK have revealed the worst attention seekers they’ve met, including those who brag about money and their children’s achievements (file image)

The discussion began after a Mumsnet user claimed to have met a woman who didn't need to see lemurs up close at the zoo because she had already seen the animals in Madagascar

The discussion began after a Mumsnet user claimed to have met a woman who didn’t need to see lemurs up close at the zoo because she had already seen the animals in Madagascar

A poster kicked off the debate about ‘humble bragging’, writing: ‘I have only come across this term on Mumsnet but I think I witnessed it first hand… what’s it all about?’

She recounted an incident at the zoo where she saw a family in the lemur enclosure talking to the keeper, who told them: ‘You can get a little closer if you want.’

The woman replied: ‘We don’t need to thanks. We honeymooned in Madagascar so we have seen so many lemurs up close. It was amaaaazing… we could hear them all around our cabin at night.’

‘Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t jealous in the slightest,’ the Mumnset poster wrote. ‘It just felt like one upmanship at its finest. I mean, why go in there if you only want to belittle the experience. What’s the worst humble brag you have witnessed?’

A flood of responses to the thread shared stories of their friends bragging about their finances and luxurious lifestyle.

Many responses to the thread shared stories of friends bragging about their big houses, lavish holidays and partner's salary

Many responses to the thread shared stories of friends bragging about their big houses, lavish holidays and partner’s salary

‘Someone once told me, “It’s awful having such a big house. You are so lucky not to have all those windows to clean”. I was tempted to ask her if her mortgage was so high that she couldn’t afford a window cleaner,’ one wrote.

Another said: ‘Friend of mine was invited to stay on a yacht by some friends. She told me that it was nice but she didn’t get to taste the “authentic” food of the region because “we just ate lobster every night”.’

Another said that her pet peeve is people bragging on Facebook about being ‘so blessed to be able to donate to the food bank today. It’s the little things’.

She continued: ‘Then you get all the adoring comments from their mates because they’ve donated a packet of 29p pasta and they’ve loving it. People who genuinely want to help don’t brag about it.’

Another shared how a slender friend told them: ‘I get so depressed shopping for clothes. Size 8s are HUGE these days, and nothing fits me.’

Another example was a pal complaining about their food bill shooting up since their son with a huge appetite came back from universty.

‘I suppose that’s what comes of being 6’2 and a natural athlete,’ they sighed.

Other responses to the thread claimed to have met parents who proudly boast about their children's accomplishments

Other responses to the thread claimed to have met parents who proudly boast about their children’s accomplishments

Another complaint came from a mother who said that her daughter was ‘furious’ after a male friend ‘thought we were sisters and said I was hot’.

‘So embarrassing for her,’ she conclued.

And another bemoaned not seeing her husband since his promotion, saying: ‘I something wonder if the extra £50,000 is worth it.’

Others told how they had experienced parents bragging proudly about their children’s accomplishments.

‘When my son was looking at university courses I got told that it’s easy for him, but it was so hard for this lady and her daughter… She’s predicted all A*s so the choice is much harder,’ one wrote.

Another said: ‘I remember someone putting on Facebook that they were fuming that their son had been identified as talented and gifted by the school… “I’m so angry at the way kids get labeled”.’

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