When 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.