A Word On Its Feet

images-1When I hear an uncommon word three times in a row, I take notice, so when supercilious kept coming up it got my attention.  It’s not a word one hears in normal conversation only occasionally appearing on the page.

An adjective meaning, behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.  Boy did that ring a bell, and not an ordinary one either, more like the Liberty Bell or the ones Quasimodo rang at Notre Dame.

I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan probably the most supercilious neighborhood in the tri-state area.  It bleats with superiority, entitlement, privilege and pride.

If you were to highlight it with another word, obnoxious would do just fine.

I’ve often pondered the attitude of the rich…those who have been given the grace to have more than others.  Humility, one of my favorite words, is rarely seen something that, call me crazy, continues to mystify.

Just this morning I had words with a couple smoking, eating lox and bagels on my doorstep.  All I asked was for them to move aside so I could get in, and the tirade I received in French no less could have curled your hair.  Remembering what happened in Paris two weeks ago held my tongue, but the look on my face made them scatter like pigeons who would have made less of a mess since they left all their trash as though they were lunching in a park where littering was encouraged.

One could say, superciliousness ruled the day while this humble Franciscan’s facial expression fought back forgetting her vows of nonentity.

Fuck that, is what I say.

I personally feel anyone suffering from superciliousness syndrome is more or less brain dead.  What other explanation can there be.

To be, snooty, sneering, snobby and smug…condescending, pompous, imperious and proud leaves me scratching my head.

Grace is given and whether you’re an Astor or Smith, gratitude is in order because any minute it could all be taken away.  Just ask Isidor and Ida Strauss, the owners of Macy’s Department Store, who went down on the Titanic bobbing in the water right next to those  in steerage.  I would think superciliousness held little sway in the water.

Words, no offense to the Strausses, float my boat, with great humility I might add.  So put that in your supercilious hat and smoke it.images



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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22 Responses to A Word On Its Feet

  1. micklively says:

    I think it all comes down to economics. The wealthy could not possibly earn (in any meaningful sense of the word) enough to sustain their hedonistic and self-indulgent life-styles. So they need a method to keep the rest of us in our places and generating wealth for them to spend. Establishing and maintaining hierarchy is a fundamental component. They are far from brain dead: indeed they are playing the rest of us for fools.


  2. Where was this word yesterday when I needed it? Not even 8:30 in the morning when I was hit right in the face with one of these supercilious “people”. A woman came barging into our office, squeezing right past the elderly woman trying to maneuver her gigantic husband in a wheelchair. Why? To be F I R S T! I believe these people are born with blinders on as well…how else could she not see the woman struggling, the husband apologizing for his disability … again and me moving chairs out of the way and holding the door? The only thing she said to me was “Am I first?” Let’s just say supercilious sounds so much nicer than what I was mumbling.

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    There isn’t a constant stream of supercilious behavior up north, but when the trickle appears it promptly gets put in its place.

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  4. Elle Knowles says:

    I always think of that tv show The Jeffersons when you mention the Upper East Side of Manhattan. 😊 I know a few people that supercilious may apply to. ~Elle

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  5. It’s a good word that doesn’t quite sound like a put-down but it is. Love those kind of words.

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  6. So glad you’re a logophile like me. 🙂

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