Thursday, March 16, 2006
In the olden days at Cambridge, during registration, a student was required to write their noble rank next to their names. Back in those times there weren't many common folk that went to college. Those that did, however, had no title to put next to their name, and would thus have to note that they were not nobles by the latin term Sine Nobilitate (or however it's spelled, I'm not a latin linguist). Because the space on the registration was limited, the students would often abbreviate this term as S. Nob., which gave rise to the derogatory snob, or person who ignores those who he thinks is inferior socially, educationally, or in taste.