Anonymous:What are some colloquial ways to say the opposite of a snob ?
(I've found modest , humble but these seem formal )
As in, "although Geroge is vice president for a Fortune 500 firm, he is a very humble, down-to-earth kind of guy."
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A colloquial way to put it would be "not picky", "agreeable", or "unpretentious".
On an interesting etymological note, the opposite of "snob" was once "nob" -- that is, "nobility" (snobs were sine nobilis -- I could have the Latin wrong, but it condenses to "s.nob." and finally "snob"). The snobs were shut out from the aristocracy and have consciously emulated their tastes and fashions ever since
Anonymous:If you were looking to use the word in not such a nice context, ie: talking about someone in a derogatory way, you might call them 'common'.
He was an awfully common man.
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