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    Latte-sipping liberals

    Hello there,

    What does "latte-sipping" mean?
    I found this phrase in the following context and could not find any explanation myself.

    "Not all gun-control advocates are latte-sipping liberals... and few NRA members match caricatures of hair-trigger survivalist."

    Perhaps "latte-sipping" is used as an antonym for hair-trigger meaning like laid-back?
    I don't have much background knowledge about the gun issues in America.

    It would be great to hear how to interpret this.
    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Latte-sipping liberals

    Quote Originally Posted by Kengo View Post
    Hello there,

    What does "latte-sipping" mean?
    I found this phrase in the following context and could not find any explanation myself.

    "Not all gun-control advocates are latte-sipping liberals... and few NRA members match caricatures of hair-trigger survivalist."

    Perhaps "latte-sipping" is used as an antonym for hair-trigger meaning like laid-back?
    I don't have much background knowledge about the gun issues in America.

    It would be great to hear how to interpret this.
    Thanks in advance
    It's a stereotype and a pejorative phrase. It means to imply that liberals are elitist because they like culture, posh expensive beverages, foreign things, etc. They're not like "the regular folk".


    Liberal elite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Columnist Dave Barry drew attention to these stereotypes when he commented, "Do we truly believe that ALL red-state residents are ignorant racist fascist knuckle-dragging NASCAR-obsessed cousin-marrying roadkill-eating tobacco-juice-dribbling gun-fondling religious fanatic rednecks; or that ALL blue-state residents are godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving left-wing communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts"
    red-state = predominantly Republican states
    blue-state = predominantly Democrat states

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    Re: Latte-sipping liberals

    Hi freezeframe
    Thanks for your response.

    I've understood it clearly. "Latte-sipping" is not quite a general phrase but it works when describing liberals as snobby and prissy.
    Thanks for the link and annotation too. I would have known nothing about the state difference.

    Great answer
    Last edited by Kengo; 07-May-2011 at 06:23.

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