Have I Become a Snob?

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A 10 point piece, which cheekily describes behaviours of others that I find cringe-worthy. Am I just being a snob? Let me know what makes you feel this way too.
(This article is just for fun and doesn't intend to insult or offend anyone.)

Submitted: February 09, 2016

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Am I becoming a Snob?  10 ways to tell.

I never used to be one, I grew up in a distinctively working class household, and Friday nights out with the girls were always met with copious amounts of Lambrini whilst wearing the shortest dress (or was it just a long top?) possible.  However, I’ve noticed recently, that I’ve begun to dabble in a little snobbery.  Now I don’t mean out and out rudeness, I wouldn’t intentionally offend, or talk down to anyone, but little things that once wouldn’t have bothered me – hell, I positively embraced massive hoop earrings 10 years ago – have started to make me cringe. 

But it turns out, I’m not the only one.  Research suggests that snobbery, once claimed by aristocracy, it’s now no longer the case - we’re all having a go.  And where it used to be associated as social climbing, it’s now about fitting in and belonging.

So, come on, be honest, what are you a little guilty of being snobby about?

Here is my list of things that make me shudder – please don’t tell me I’m the only shallow one…

  1. Unpainted Toenail’s in Sandals - I don’t have a problem with bare nails per se – but visible yellow talons make me heave. If you’re going to get them out, make them look decent.

  2. Over exaggerated working class language – Talking like an extra from Eastenders just makes you sound uneducated.

  3. Reality TV – I know a lot of friends who watch the ‘real’ lives of unknowns.  But I’d rather sit in coffee shop with a latte and watch real people - un-edited and un-scripted.

  4. Tattoos - All I can say is; I’m glad my dad put his foot down on this one.  I appreciate the art involved in some tats – but having your spouse’s name in what is supposed to be Mandarin permanently etched on a flabby upper arm, or a badly drawn butterfly on your left shoulder blade is not art.
  5. Vest Tops and Fat Backs – I’m not knocking people’s sizes, I’m guilty of carrying a bit of extra baggage myself.  However I do not feel the need to show my bra overhang off, in a skimpy vest top – buy clothes that fit.

So after insulting half the population I shall now have a dig at myself. 

  1. My Kids Love Olives – After many years encouraging my children to have a varied diet, sampling the delights from other cultures, they now prefer a bowl of olives to a packet of crisps. (Completely not true – Monster Munch always wins.)

  2. Artisan Shopping – I like to wander around street markets admiring the locally produced/sourced/homemade wares.  Knowing full well that I won’t part up with a fiver for a loaf of bread even if it is organic and gluten free.

  3. Bad Language – I find myself dropping unnecessarily long words into a conversation, such as ‘salacious’ and ‘vignette’.  Unfortunately they don’t always fit into said conversation.

  4. Keeping up Appearances – While I’m not a slave to the straighteners, I would most definitely not go out in public without a full face of make up on.  I like to give the impression of glamour – a ‘yummy mummy’.  But really it’s to stop people asking if I’m ill.

  5. Costa Del Dorset – When asked if we are holidaying this year, a non-committal “we’re looking at Goa or maybe a safari” is the vague reply.  We could not possibly admit our chalet is booked for a week at Butlin’s.


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