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Re: A "young pretender"

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]
-n.
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.