Every rule has them. Spelling rules have more than most. The only exception to a rule having an exception which comes to mind is the Ten Commandments.
So here’s the rule. Pride is easily overdone. It sets uneasy with me. Makes me suspicious.
Consider a few of the companions of proud in the thesaurus. Self-respecting — okay, I can accept that. Ambitious — a good trait within limits. Spirited — this one surprised me.
Impressive. Imposing. Yes, these fit the image below. And I’m not going to even thing about a face-to-face dispute the photo’s subject.
New resident at the St. Louis Zoo is ready for his close-up. Long range lens suggested.