Short lesson: Why you should not use ‘self-acclaimed’

The compound word ‘self-acclaimed’ has been used by some speakers of the English language in place of ‘self-proclaimed’ for a long time. However, whoever coined such word has not enjoyed grammatical recognition up to today.

No English dictionary has ‘self-acclaimed’ in its lexicon nor does it exist in English language. The word ‘acclaimed’ is an adjective meaning ‘attracting public approval and praise’ but does not have the compound form ‘self-acclaimed’.

The correct word is ‘self-proclaimed’, an adjective used to describe what someone said or announced about themselves without approval or recognition by others.

Examples:

  1. He is a self-proclaimed expert in molecular science.
  2.  All self-proclaimed politicians eventually embarrass themselves.

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