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Carol Perkins: Snobbery comes in many forms

We all may been seen differently than we think we are, Carol Perkins writes in this treatise on snobbery. Snobbery, she finds comes in many forms, has many different subjects, is shown in many different ways.
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By Carol Perkins

As I was pushing my cart very hurriedly down the grocery store aisle, a lady stopped me for a chat. I didn't mind because I hadn't seen her for awhile and we had some catching up to do. In a few minutes another lady maneuvered her cart around ours (we were blocking the aisle) and I said, "Let me get out of your way." She replied, "You're ok."


The lady next to me whispered out of the side of her mouth, "I don't care for her one bit." "Why?"

"She thinks she is better than the rest of us." I wondered who the "rest of us" were. Rather than trying to assure the woman that the "other" woman was not really a snob but somewhat reserved and shy, I didn't bother. However, I did say, "Maybe she just looks that way and doesn't realize it."

"She knows what she's doing. She's always thought she was better."

I soon continued my shopping. Later I thought about what she had said, and knowing the other person well and absolutely knowing that she was not a snob, I thought about how we all might appear to others differently from the way we think we are. Then I decided that we are all snobs about certain things. I have seen snobs in all areas of life. Here are my observations.

*House Snobs-these are the people who have wonderful homes and want everyone to know they have wonderful homes. "I live in Tampa on the golf course." They have to add "golf course." I really want to say, "I live in Edmonton near the town dump."

Clothes Snobs-shop only at expensive boutiques or exclusive venues. They pay big bucks not to look like everyone else. Their downfall is that they have to tell where they shop and what they spend. "My husband would kill me if he knew how much I spent on these shoes." That lets the rest of us know they didn't come from Shoe Carnival.

Intellectual Snobs- assume the role of knowing all about every topic mentioned in a conversation and end a sentence with, "YOU haven't heard of that?"

Regional Snobs-look down on country life and country people, assuming they are uneducated and backward. Belittle dialects and criticize your town. "You realize you live in the middle of nowhere?" Someone once said this to me. I wanted to say, "SO WHAT?"

Social Snobs-name drop, socialize with only certain types of people (money people), brag about events they have attended, and have very little interest in anyone outside their circle unless there is a camera taking pictures of them feeding the homeless.

Vehicle Snob-never calls his car a car; refers to it as "my BMW." "Where did I park my BMW?" "I need to have my Porsche washed." I want to say, "I didn't lock my Lamborghini ."

Appearance Snobs-have no interest in being with overweight people and find them replusive. They prefer trim men and women and value pretty people over average ones. Want their children to date only pretty people. Try to have young faces but can't do anything about their neck.

Smoking Snobs-eye a person smoking and rolls her eyes when the smoke comes across the table and into her space, maybe fanning it away. Often coughs when a person smells of stale cigarette smoke and will not eat in a place that isn't smoke free unless there is no other place to eat. I am this kind of snob.

This list could go on and on because all of us are snobs about something. As far as looking like a snob, many people do but they are probably not judged fairly. Looks can be deceiving. An overall snob, however, is usually a person who grew up poor and isn't poor anymore.


Carol Perkins, the writer of this popular CM Column, is an author, owner and operator of Main Street Screenprinting, 601 S. Main Street, Edmonton, KY, Phones 270-432-3152 and 270-670-4913 and is co-host of Susan (Susan Shirley Chambers) & Carol (Carol Sullivan Perkins) on 99.1 The Hoss, regularly live at 10amCT, each Tuesday.


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