Posted by Adam Beacher on August 07, 2003
I did not see a definition for "SNOB" in your database.
My understanding is that the term originated when the middle class began to emerge after the Dark Ages in Europe.
The Merchants/middle class (in Venice, Florence, Portugal ETC) began to rise in status with the growth in trade and commerce when the dark ages were ending. They had money when they did not have it in the past.
Merchants began to send their children to the Universities that were normally reserved for the children of the Nobility. To differentiate, the school's in Italy required the children to register as "Noble" or "Si Noble" (Without nobility) or "SNOB."