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It seems to me that the "perceived arrogance quotient" used by most people is the following:
(status asserted by speaker as perceived by listener)/(status assigned to speaker by listener)
However, I think this is wrong and unfair, and it should instead be:
(status asserted by speaker as perceived by speaker)/(status assigned to speaker by listener)
That is, before you call someone arrogant, you should have to put in a little work to determine their intention, and what the world looks like from their point of view.
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