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czwartek, 12 maja 2011

Snobbery

Snobbery is regarded as a negative quality. Snobs usually pretend that they are better or wiser than others. They also pay too much respect to social position or wealth and often imitate the style of life of the upper classes to which they do not belong.
According to psychologists, almost everyone is inclined to be a snob. This is inseparably connected with human nature. Everyone wants to be important, more famous and better-off than he is. There is no doubt that those who do not belong to any social group are more often subject to snobbery. A good example are country people who move to big cities and want to integrate quickly and be like their neighbours. Of course there is nothing wrong in it as far as they imitate people of worth and try to be as good as them at speaking foreign languages or using a computer for example. In this sense snobbery is a positive phenomenon.
The positive influence of snobbery also lies in the fact that at first people only imitate others out of sheer snobbery but then they gradually begin to be truly interested in something and in the process of time become real lovers of painting or classical music.
In the past, people in Poland used to pretend that they were great experts at new trends in art and they imitated popular artists. Nowadays, they are more prone to imitate actors and singers in fashion. They would like to know them personally and look like them. The latest rage is also copying American models, especially by young people who like to add American words into a conversation (ex. 'wow', 'okay' or 'sorry'), wear sports clothes (ubiquitous jeans and T-shirt), watch American films (considered to be the best ones) and adopt an easy manner. Polish people in general tend to admire and uncritically accept everything that comes from the West. They are also pround of their noble ancestors and often unwilling to confess that they are descended from the peasentry or the working class.
Psychologists say that there are more snobs among men than women. The reason is that men are more often driven by a desire to make a career and achieve success in life. If they do not fulfill their ambitions, they suppress failure and pretend to be someone they have never managed to become.

34 komentarze:

  1. Well it is used as a rather negative word isn't it? I don't see anyone saying a person is snobby as a complement.

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  2. I know a couple snobs who go to my college. I cant wait to graduate

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  3. Sean, it's generally known as this kind of a word but after a few mintues of thinking about it, we can arise a statement that shows a better side of 'snob'.

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  4. Good point of view, i don't like snobbery.

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  5. I definitely agree with you.

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  6. Every post is so interesting.

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  7. Good point you got there. Nice post.

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  8. I see nothing bad in snobbery. If it only makes someone feel better then why don't we let him behave this way?

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  9. That's an interesting insight into Polish culture! Do they know that 'wow' & 'okay' are really common, sort of 'uncultured' words here in America?

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  10. I know a couple snobs who go to my college. I wish I went somewhere else sometimes.

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  11. i have a lot of 'snobby' teachers

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  12. so true. plenty of pretentious snobs out there, and it's funny how they try so hard to be "original"

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  13. you cant forget that Polish people have certain claims to "hate" east i say "hate" cause im not reffering to russian people as whole but their goverments who most of polish people and media view as direct descendants of CCCP

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  14. Ten komentarz został usunięty przez administratora bloga.

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  15. so very true :D following and supporting

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  16. I totally hate it when people act like that!
    followed

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  17. I like it when people write about things that are somewhat connected with my life.

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  18. I know a lot of snobby people.. so annoying

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  19. Freaking followed.

    I really hate snobs! Reminds me of highschool! haha

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  20. Lots of good thoughts in this post.

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  21. A few of my neighbors are snobs. They drive a BMW and act like its a big deal, and they NEVER stop talking about boats!

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  22. I don't know many snobby people. Good for me I guess...

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  23. glad all my friends are poor

    no money=no snobery

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  24. Are you starting a urban dictionary on your blog? thats cool!

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  25. Snobery is typical everywhere

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