A. Just because someone is wearing clothes from Hot Topic it means that they're trying to be goth, or
B. Just because someone listens to The Ramones it means that they're trying to be punk.
There are some more examples, but these are some of the more common ones. Most people that call others posers are saying that these people are trying to be goths or punks. These people never consider that maybe, just maybe.. these guys simply like the clothes or music!
It has nothing to do with what they want to BE, but simply what they LIKE, so they go ahead and do it. It's like assuming that just because a white guy wants to rap, that he's automatically a wigger. Rap doesn't automatically mean you're gonna speak in ebonics and rap about bitches and hoes, or how "gangsta" you are. Only when that IS the case.. you can go and call him a wigger, but otherwise, no.
It's the same with these so-called "goths" and "punks". A stud-belt from Hot Topic doesn't mean that person slits his wrists and cries all day because his life sucks, nor does liking the band Green Day mean that person wants to rebel against society, get a mohawk, and tell everyone else to fuck off.
However.. the easiest way to tell a true poser from a non-poser would be that, if a poser actually gets called a poser, he/she'd overreact quite angrily and surprised.
Non-Idiot: Umm.. no, actually I got these pants because I thought they look cool. Do you have a problem with that?
Wigger: Yea I do!! I'm an awesum rapper wit all mah hoes and rims, who says I'm from da street even tho I wuz raised in a 6-story mansion!!
Non-Idiot: Well in that case, go and tell someone to yell at you instead of coming here like an idiot and calling me a poser... you poser.
Wigger: omg stfu I fukkin hate u u wannabe goth bitch go slit ur wrists u fag
Non-Idiot: I've never slit my wrists in my whole life, moron.
You shouldn't have to do this to be accepted.
I mean, don't say you skateboard when one, you have no idea how to in the first place, and two, you could get yourself into a conversation about skateboarding where you don't know what the hell you're even talking about.
I mean, why should it matter what crowd you fit into?
If you're naturally a scene kid, go ahead, keep on being scene. We like it.
If you're naturally a prep, be a prep. Who gives a flying leap?
If you're a prep, and you like a scene kid and you feel you have to change yourself so that they'll notice you, don't. They won't like it, and you won't like it. Besides, who knows? They may just like you for the way you are.
Ohh, and just because someone listens to Good Charlotte, doesn't mean that they're a poser. They just like them.
If a situation arises where you hear that someone likes Good Charlotte, talk to them. See if they like any other bands. Who knows? They could like A Cursive Memory or The Dreseden Dolls just as much.
Good Charlotte is not punk, mmkay pumpkins?
but just because some people like them doesn't mean they're posers.
However, the literal definition is someone who attempts to 'pose' or not be their actual self, to fit in among others.
"Are you serious? He doesn't even skate. Man, what a poser."
Truthfully, this by no means suggests that John was actually attempting to pose as a skater. He just bought the clothes he wanted.
Guy #2: Whateva, I do what I want!
2.Also when people pretend to like, for instance, a band when actauly they just think the lead singer is 'hot' as opposed to actualy liking the music.
Non-poser: Realy? same, i realy like their music. My favourite song is probably 'You know what they do to guys like u in prison'. Whats yours?
Poser: ummm...uh...i dunno but Gerard Way is waaaaay hot!
(btw im not saying mcr are not hot im just saying that thats the ONLY reason the posers will like the band, because they think they're hot.)