I'm not talking about clothes that looks transparent under the all-seeing camera flash.
It is in our malay culture to be modest in everything we do. Humility is also an intergral part of being a muslim. Malu sebahagian daripada iman.
But there are always people who claim that they are humble and modest but directly imply sly arrogance. I see this a lot in interviews, talk shows, speeches and facebook status. It's not much about the way one expresses their humility, but the emboldening of the intentional irony yells I'm the GREATEST at what I do!
Of course there is nothing wrong of being proud of one's accomplishments and skills but when it is done with a false sense of insecurity, I feel like expressing my feelings with a WWE concealed chair. Bam! Bam! Bam!
The most common form of false modesty are picture captions. One would post a picture of oneself *smoiling and write a caption like "I look fat in this one" or "omg I'm so fugly". So as expected, friends will give complimentary comments to boost up their otherwise downtrodden self-esteem. What's wrong with just leaving the caption space blank if you don't have the nerve to write "I chanteq dalam gambar neh!"
caption: Baru bangun tido huhu. Muka cam selebeh pagi ni...
What's the dilly yo?
origin: combination of of the word smiling and spoiling.
definition: distortion of either the lips, nose, cheeks or eyes to hide the presumed ugliest feature of the face.