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Topic: Snobs sign it please ( Was: Re: +why do commercial roasters roast (51 lines)
1) From: Jeff Anderson
It has been said that "the meaning of the communication is the response 
you get." Those in this community who define themselves as snobs get a 
very positive response from others who define themselves the same way. 
In that context a snob is a good thing. From an objective point of view, 
in this community it's an entertaining and humorous way to convey 
comradeship and conviviality which is somewhat unique.
However, there are other definitions which are not flattering. According 
to Merriam-Webster http://m-w.com/dictionary/snob)a snob is:
1British : cobbler 2: one who blatantly imitates, fawningly admires, or 
vulgarly seeks association with those regarded as social superiors 3a: 
one who tends to rebuff, avoid, or ignore those regarded as inferior b: 
one who has an offensive air of superiority in matters of knowledge or taste
The original person who posted in this thread obviously has not been 
around long enough to understand how this group uses the term. He 
doesn't understand that in no way is it intended to be offensive, as 
defined by Merriam-Webster. I have come to see humor in the way the 
group uses the word, but I also understand why the uninitiated would 
take offense, just as I did at first. Personally, I think it would 
enhance the community be more understanding when a newcomer doesn't 
understand, but that's just me. I understand very well that I don't 
qualify as a member of the group yet, and that what I think has no 
standing. That's why I no longer post or ask questions with regard to 
coffee.
In saying all this, I don't mean to offend. For what it's worth, I think 
a more technically accurate term for some members here is connoisseur, 
and I admire those qualities very much in all who possess them. I am not 
among them yet, but I hope to become one someday.:
1: expert; especially : one who understands the details, technique, or 
principles of an art and is competent to act as a critical judge 2: one 
who enjoys with discrimination and appreciation of subtleties 
-http://m-w.com/dictionary/connoisseurThe only thing I ask from anyone here is that snobbishness as defined in 
3a above not be directed at me in a personal way. But for now, I'm not 
going to give anyone the opportunity.
"Evil is the absence of empathy." -unknown
David Martin wrote:
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