In a world that has a few hundred different reality shows about fashion (Project Runway), cooking (Chopped, Hell’s Kitchen), art, music, etc.. I’ve noticed that the world has become quite “bougie” lately. Everyone seems to be a connoisseur of something.
I hear people say that people who like Nickleback are stupid and don’t know music, or Avatar was a cinematic turd. I personally dated a self-proclaimed “chef”, and he became visibly angry when I decided to have popcorn as a snack when I drank red wine, “because it should always be paired with old cheeses, not popcorn.. are you some sort of fucking OGRE?”
So, in an attempt to get to know you better, what sort of snob are you? Is there any area in your life that you know you have exquisite taste, and friends or family who do not share your opinions on these things can annoy you?
I wouldn't go so far as to say I was a snob in any particular area.
I love food and although I detest fast food (I would rather eat my own vomit than eat a big mac!), I couldn't care less if people want to feast on popcorn or drink red wine with fish or any other weird combination. I get pissed off at French chefs refuse to cook steak well done for my father in law - he's paying and he's eating it. If you can't cook something the way somebody likes it, then you are a crap chef. Rant over.
I also prefer craft beers, but can still appreciate a cheap lager on a hot day in the garden.
My only real bit of snobbery is that I am really pedantic about grammar and spelling. However, I do refrain from commenting about others mistakes on here and other fora, as I do understand that some do have specific issues, some have missed big chunks of education and as I don't know their personal circumstances it would be inappropriate to constantly correct. Unless of course it's my mate Jon who is an English teacher or a meme or shop sign done by someone who should know better - then it's fair game!!!
Political snob here. Those who deny the threat of man made climate change are deranged. Those who believe Donald Trump is, in any way, qualified to hold the office of POTUS are stupid. Those who believe in racial superiority are dangerously both.
In all three cases, I just can't....and yes, it is a form of snobbery. I confess it.
Hmm, after reading that list I feel like I need to work on being more snobbish. I have my own preferences, but I don't think that's snobbery. And I rarely care what other people enjoy. But, in the interest of being open and honest, here are some things I feel rather strongly about:
I can be many kinds of Snobs, to my satisfaction. I can talk music with almost everyone... rap lost me before gangster rap showed its ugly face. Can talk art, versed in partnered dancing. Poetry and songwriting interested me for over half a century. Used to know basketball and baseball and boxing. Want to talk about it? Before the 80's but I saw Dr J score 39 points, grab 19 rebounds and block 6 shots against the Clippers in San Diego. Had my share of fights and I can sit down and talk about how Lucky I had been in this plane we call earth. I had lived more and experience more than the average guy that will live twice my life. I have no patience or sympathy for rapists or abusers of women and I have never in my life hit a woman. But in bed I am never too old to learn a new trick within my Boundaries mind you. To some I may be a Man-Diva... but I don't watch TV shows from this century so how would I know? I had been too busy doing all this stuff.
I am an anti snob snob. I rarely do fancy coffee (only when I head in to work overtime on weekends) Alcohol - don't drink beer, drink white wines or white zin and sweet is better and hard alcohol gets used for various things, I made Kahlua once and vanilla and ginger extract. Films, nah. Fashion? HAH! You really haven't seen my closet, I dress to be presentable and not scare small children. Music, nope, radio on adult contemporary. Foodie, not so much, I am quasi vegetarian, I just don't eat much meat or fast food. I am happy if other people find happiness in their distinctions, but I'm not going to play that game.
From your list I'm into cooking, music, movies, the arts but I always felt the the "snob"s on any particular subject aren't who I would listen to. It's one thing to be confident about your knowledge of a particular subject but anyone who uses said knowledge as a cudgel can go outside and play hide and go fuck themselves. If you come at your area of expertise from a perspective of humility, that there's always more to learn, and your passion for it shows, then you're going to get my attention even if it's something I'm not particularly interested in.
I am an alcohol snob, but really only for beer. The average American has dismal taste in beer and it has to be cold enough you can't really taste the already tasteless drivel that is marketed to us. If I wanted carbonated water, I would order Perrier or something of that sort. If I wanted to get drunk on carbonated water (I don't actually like getting drunk, but for the sake of argument), I would mix Everclear and Perrier. Anything that has light, lite or ultra in the name is slightly amber carbonated water to me.
Give me a good porter or stout, and I am in a pleasant place. Sometimes a nice ale or a black lager is what hits the spot. Beer pairs with food much like wine pairs with food, though I don't employ hard and fast rules like wine-and-cheese snobs stereotypically do. It is all about the moment and the moment is about pleasing the palate.
On the other hand, there are days where my favorite kind of beer is free beer. In that instance, who am I to turn up my nose?
I selected "alcohol snob" because I drink only craft beers (any other kind of beer is weaselpiss), but I'm told I'm a snob in so many other ways. What comes to mind just offhand: 1) chili snob (my recipe, pinto beans on the side only); BBQ snob (eastern North Carolina); coffee snob (French press-made, no instant); and grammar snob (hell, I'm a former English teacher, so it comes naturally).