Up To Snuff

20121228-165600.jpgA saying that I have heard for years is describing someone or the being “up to snuff”. I never really thought about the origins of this phrase, simply passing it off as another one of the often heard and hardly understood Southern colloquialisms I am surrounded by. I wondered though if it had anything to do with snuff tobacco, and found out that in fact it does.
The origin if this phrases comes from the early 19th century. Snuff tobacco and its usage were associated with the higher classes of European society. The higher classes had the financial ability to purchase fine quality snuff and the intricate, often eloquent, snuff boxes used in its storage. Snuff boxes could be gold, silver, encrusted with jewels or even tortoise shell. Also, the upper class could afford an education. Thus, if someone or something were “up to snuff”, it or they were intelligent, high quality and sophisticated.
Another interpretation is the pick me up that a pinch of snuff provided the user. If was believed to make the mind sharper or more attuned. If the person was sharper, then their work would be more high quality.
In my own time, I have often heard some say that someone was not “up to snuff”, often meaning they are sick. A harsh criticism is to tell someone that their work isn’t “up to snuff”. Lets just hope my writing is held in the superior snuff standards!


Happy Holidays

Hello and happy holidays, fellow snuffers! Alas, over the busy holiday season, I haven’t been able to do a lot of work. Families, friends, giving and sharing have occupied the majority of my time. But tomorrow, expect a few new posts including:

A new recipe

A new review

A little history

Maybe even a little insight

So, sit back, snuff happy and enjoy this season. Celebrate our gifts and treasures in life! Cheers!

Silver Dollar Snuff: Not A Great Gamble

Most of the time, I try to think of an interesting title for my posts, a funny quip or something to draw the reader in.  But this time, no such luck.  It’s not necessarily that I naturalcan’t think of one, but more along the lines of the nature of this review.  Not all snuffs are winners.  This one is not a loser, but it’s nothing really special.  So consider this review a warning, especially to experienced users.

It is very difficult to go to a retailer in my area and find good snuff for sale.  Local tobacconists sometimes have it and sometimes don’t.  You can go to any local grocery store and get American snuff, but I don’t always want or need it.  Dry Scotch snuffs come in at least 30g containers, which I’ve noticed have a tendency to last forever.  I went to a local tobacconist to buy snus  and discovered that they had started carrying a brand of snuff called Silver Dollar. Continue reading

Why Snuff? Clarification To Those Who Are Wondering

As a snuff user, I have produced my fair share of crazy looks, odd stares and gawks of disbelief.  Because of a certain other illegal powdery substance, it must seem pretty audacious to produce a box of powder at the bar, take a pinch and snuff in front of any and everyone present.  Then comes the explanation to those who ask and the string of answers of what it is, how it works, why snuffing is not gross, what it is your stuffing in your nose, et cetera.

Actor Brad Pitt Portraying Lt. Aldo Raine

Actor Brad Pitt Portraying Lt. Aldo Raine

This is something I deal with on a daily basis.  Many people have an idea of what snuff is, either from movies or grandparents.  In Quentin Tarentino’s WWII thriller Inglorious Basterds,actor Brad Pitt’s character, Lt. Aldo Raine, produces a snuff box and partakes throughout the movie.  That is the cinematic moment that I use to describe to most people my age what I am doing. Continue reading

FUBAR Doolali Tap: Taste of India

Today I continue my exploration into the fierce world of FUBAR snuffs.  Reputed and feared for their strength and intensity, I finally bit the bullet and ordered some. Mydownload first experience with Medic, FUBAR’s medicated mentholated snuff, was very pleasant and not nearly as terrifying as I thought it would be.  But then came time to test the Doolali Tap.  And an experience it was indeed.

Doolali Tap is a British slang term that is used to describe a madness or “camp fever” that British soldiers were said to experience while waiting on transports after a tour of duty.  By the 1940s, the term had transcended military usage to become a normal slang term in the English language, indicating a person believed to be eccentric or mad. Continue reading