se prendre pour le nombril du monde

The French expression “se prendre pour le nombril du monde” translates directly to “to take yourself as the bellybutton of the world”. English meanings include:

  • to think the world revolves around you
  • to consider yourself the center of the universe

A French meaning is “négliger de faire attention aux autres” to neglect to pay attention to others.

  • Le problème avec le président en ce moment c’est qu’il ne fait pas attention aux autres et il se prend pour le nombil du monde. The problem of the president now is that he’s not paying attention to people and he thinks the world revolves around himself.

Some synonyms for selfishness include:

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  • être égoïste to be selfish
  • égocentrique self-centered

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