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familiarity

A man should avoid displaying deep familiarity with any subject. Can one imagine a well-bred man talking with the airs of a know-it-all, even about a matter with which he is in fact familiar? ... It is impressive when a man is always slow to speak, even on subjects he knows thoroughly, and does not speak at all unless questioned.

Kenkō "Essays in Idleness" (79) As translated by Donald Keene