Why were Cobblers in the Navy Known as SNOBS?

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  1. At the G spot in the 1960's I was told to "Take your boots to the SNOBS and get some steel put in them".

    Never worked out Why SNOBS?

    I am old but I am Hoping that you really old folk can Help.

    This is an honest Question It has been confusing me for years
     
  2. Snobs was an older nickname for an amateur ship's cobbler. Explanation given in Jackspeak.
     
  3. SNOBS......abbreviation for Ship's Number One Boot Specialist :thumright:
     
  4. 'cause i've nothing better to do (just don't tell my boss), I have been researching this, and below is the best description, however, another site (Oxford Dictionary) quotes it as a Scottish dialect word for cobbler. Therefore, SNOB as a cobbler came before SNOB as a person.

    snob
    1781, "a shoemaker, a shoemaker's apprentice," of unknown origin. It came to be used in Cambridge University slang c.1796 for "townsman, local merchant," and by 1831 it was being used for "person of the ordinary or lower classes." Meaning "person who vulgarly apes his social superiors" arose 1843, popularized 1848 by William Thackeray's "Book of Snobs." The meaning later broadened to include those who insist on their gentility, in addition to those who merely aspire to it, and by 1911 had its main modern sense of "one who despises those considered inferior in rank, attainment, or taste."
     
  5. Fat Bloke with Glasses
    Very Many thanks You have made an old man happy:
     
  6. Strange sense of deja vu
     
  7. Mikh,

    It is the duty of every person when set a task to leacve no stone unturned, or in this case not site untapped, good spot have a wet...
     

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