Thursday, August 13, 2009

mixed signalling

Tyler Cowen (fittingly, in a post about signalling) says "in Sicilian terms I'm relatively well off".

This is a world famous tenured economist at a very good University. He's very well of by anyone's standards except maybe Michael Bloomberg. Clearly the he's trying to avoid sounding conceited. But instead he sounds oblivious to how the world really is.

How do you concisely convey "I'm factually on the upper end of the spectrum but it hasn't gotten to my head"? (And while avoiding the trap of saying it hasn't gotten to your head, because then the ability to not let it get to your head has gotten to your head...)