Posted by ESC on February 11, 2004
In Reply to: A "young pretender" posted by Billy Bragg on February 11, 2004
: What does it mean to call someone a 'young pretender'? And where does the term come from?
It's a royalty thing. From infoplease:
PRETENDER -- Pronunciation: (pri-ten'dur), [key]
1. a person who pretends, esp. for a dishonest purpose.
2. an aspirant or claimant (often fol. by to): a pretender to the throne.
3. a person who makes unjustified or false claims, statements, etc., as about personal status, abilities, intentions, or the like: a pretender to literary genius.