Not being a snob myself, I’m using The Free Dictionary to relate the following definition of “snob.”
1. One who tends to patronize, rebuff, or ignore people regarded as social inferiors and imitate, admire, or seek association with people regarded as social superiors.
2. One who affects an offensive air of self-satisfied superiority in matters of taste or intellect.
Snobbery is a crude, if common, vice. In a rigid social caste system, it served a class-reinforcing function, which isn’t to excuse the snobbish posture.
In a theoretically classless society, where upward mobility is supposedly woven into Old Glory like the 50 stars, snobbery is a more a self-esteem-reinforcing device than anything else.
To step on the throats of others is one thing. Hell, some even consider that practice basic business ethics. But to do so not for any material advantage, but rather to further inflate what is surely an already unjustifiably high opinion of one’s self is more offensive than an “air of self-satisfied superiority in matters of taste of intellect.”
1. Have standards
2. Have your preferences
3. Work on your own shit
And when you’re tempted to snobbishly condemn another party, see No. 3.