Beer critic

Who would want to be a beer snob?

snob-sign-B1There is a segment in the good beer fraternity who enjoy being called a beer snob. In fact they will even refer to themselves by that tag.

And it’s always broken my heart. As long as I’ve been a beer fan I hoped that we wouldn’t go down the same road as wine, which is a beverage renowned for snobbish behaviour, for people looking down their nose at others.

But we’ve definitely gotten there.Given the negative connotations surrounding the word ‘‘snob’’, I could never understand why anyone would want to be known as one.

Also, as someone who likes the English language and likes to see it used properly, nor could I understand why people thought being a snob was some indication that you have better tastes.

Just have a look at this definition of snob from the Australian Oxford Dictionary:

‘‘a person who despises others whose (usu. specified) tastes or attainments are considered inferior (an intellectual snob; a wine snob).’’

And there’s also this one from Merriam-Webster:

‘‘..someone who tends to criticise, reject, or ignore people who come from a lower social class, have less education, etc.’’

See, the common thread in the definition of snob is not a discerning taste, but a habit of being nasty and cruel to people.

It’s this cruelness that defines a snob, not any claim to rarified tastes. So you call yourself a beer snob, it really just means you’re nasty.

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