It is sometimes hard to define correctly what makes a real snob, but
it is certainly the term to be easily and most often pasted on
somebody. What kind of a person is a snob, actually? It is someone who
attaches enormous importance to social standing, seeks to associate
with or imitate those of higher rank, while at the same time looking
down on those of lower wealth and status, showing arrogance and
despise for them.
One of the usual traits of a classical snob is pretentiousness. This
is a person who puts social position on a first place at all times,
forgetting or choosing to ignore all other features and qualities of
another person. Everything belonging to upper class or perceived as
such is better, bigger, more interesting. Their friends do not come
from all walks of life, but only from the higher classes. In older
days, the snob was the one enjoying being presented at court, or
having any associations with persons from court. Their snobbery never
rests, there is always some higher goal to attain, and always more and
more people to look down on.
From this kind of perception, the obvious behavior of a snob includes
attempting to befriend those of a higher rank, to be seen with them,
or, if that fails, to imitate them in all the ways possible. Imitation
takes numerous guises. Snobs usually find it is easiest to copy their
superiors in taste, rather than in attainment. So, you can see them in
costly designer boutiques (never shops), buying expensive pieces of
clothing, furniture, other class-related items of material wealth.
They may not be the ones that indicate well-developed taste, but they
are certainly those recognized as high-priced or extravagant,
therefore orbiting the owner of such items straight into the company
of those above him....