warning: this article contains smug people!
People who are smug suffer from a superiority complex. Smugness is the conviction that you're just a little bit better than other people. This would be arrogance if it wasn't also mixed with a pinch of humility. Smug people know they're better, and the fact that they're also humble about it makes them even better still. No wonder they've got that annoying smile.
Smug people have a way of looking down on you even when they're considerably shorter. Certain clothes are an outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible smugness. For example, polo-neck jumpers are virtually the uniform of the smug. It's a way of saying to people, "I'm rather cosy."
Lots of things lead to smugness. A house that has gained more value than your annual salary gives you big smug points. A famous child allows you to retire in a fog of smugness. Being well insured allows smugness to break out even at moments of extreme crisis, especially for other people.
You don't have to be rich to be smug, but it does allow you to communicate your superiority in more obvious ways. Smug rich people are the proverbial Joneses up with whom insecure people think they must keep. Moral superiority also makes for industrial-strength smugness. It's a way of saying that you already have reserved seating for the next life, and probably quite close to the front.
In company, smug people always give the impression that they're hugging themselves or giving themselves a squeeze in a pleasurable area. It's a lovely irony that the smug are notoriously rubbish in bed. When your starting point is complete self-satisfaction, there's no motivation for further satisfying yourself, or anyone else.
Smugness, like ragwort, is incredibly difficult to get rid of once it's taken root. The hot bath of achievement may have long disappeared down the plug hole of life, but the scum line of smugness will last until it's scoured off by the Brillo of ridicule.
In conversation smugness comes out in two ways: you can be rather patronising about other people to show how comfortable you are; or you can be incredibly solicitous of other people, which is a subtle way of highlighting how uncomfortable they are. (di kutip dari Guy Browning, How To...serialisasi the Guardian
and that smile...
Unfortunetly, saya kenal (or bertemu) beberapa orang yang masuk dalam kategori di atas.Dan "That annoying smile" lah yang paling saya sebel. Smile is suppose to be nice, isnt it?