Use this forum to discuss past Good Words.
User avatar
Dr. Goodword
Site Admin
Posts: 4562
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2005 9:28 am
Location: Lewisburg, PA


Postby Dr. Goodword » Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:10 pm

• snobocracy •

Pronunciation: snah-bah-crê-si • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. Snobdom, all snobs taken together collectively. 2. A society in which snobs hold sway, a society controlled by snobs.

Notes: The -cracy in this word means "rule, governance" as we see in democracy, autocracy, meritocracy. This means that the politically influential members of this group are snobocrats who behave snobocratically. All snobs together as a class comprise snobdom, though today's word can be used in the same sense.

In Play: When we speak of snobocracies, we don't look for countries; this kind of ruling class is found everywhere: "The company's fortunes ran afoul of a managerial snobocracy that refused to listen to the ideas of the folks who worked below them." If you are not born a member, you must buy your way into a snobocracy: "Haifa Lutin worked on Wall Street for 20 years until she made enough money to join the New York snobocracy."

Word History: It is clear that this word is based on the word snot, the disgusting nasal mucous that is more visible when your nose is 'stuck up' in the air. English bears several words based on this lexical unmentionable referring to people who are high-falutin' and arrogant: snotty and snooty are the first among them but snub is also a cousin. Snoot and snout are also both variants of the same slippery root and Jimmy Durante's inventions, schnoz and schnozolla, too, are based on this root with a twist of Yiddish and Italian in respect to his origins in Manhattan, New York. The root is clearly Germanic, not a borrowing. It might well be an onomatopoetic word based on the sound of someone clearing their nasal passages before the invention of the handkerchief.
• The Good Dr. Goodword

User avatar
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 1945
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2005 11:40 am

Postby gailr » Tue Jul 18, 2006 3:42 am

Long ago (into the "wayback machine" kids; this was a looong time ago) there was a skit on SNL with a "distinguished head shrinker" going on about Freud's lost sixth stage of child development: the Nasal Stage. As I recall, the Nasal Expulsives manifested as snotty and the Nasal Retentives were characterized as picayune.

Thanks, Dr. Goodword for revealing happens to those unable to resolve this stage: the most phlegmatic are absorbed into the snobocracy.


Brazilian dude
Grand Panjandrum
Posts: 1464
Joined: Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:31 pm
Location: Botucatu - SP Brazil

Postby Brazilian dude » Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:43 pm

"Haifa Lutin worked on Wall Street for 20 years until she made enough money to join the New York snobocracy."

What happened to Phil Anders? Immune to snobocracy?

Brazilian dude
Languages rule!

Return to “Good Word Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], Bing [Bot] and 4 guests