The word “snob” evokes images of haughty, finely dressed people, noses slightly up, discussing topics like wine, poetry and opera.But the truth is that many of us are snobs about something. I have a friend who drinks nothing but beer, reads nothing but John Grisham, and whose only exposure to opera was The Who’s rock-opera, “Tommy.” But get him started on the subject of soccer versus other sports, and he can be as insufferable as the worst wine snob, disdainful of all those who were born ...

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