No offense taken, BB. :) There have been some users in the past who brandish certain words about in an effort to get a ... let's just say a response from other users... It is more than clear you are not doing that, but I'm one of the big, loud, obnoxious people guilty of speaking up before things get out of hand. I think reesetee is too. (maybe why we get along so well, rt? :)
Yes, c_b, that's what I meant. If you define it as it's defined below, it's likely to be considered offensive. I've seen it used in non-disparaging ways, but I'm just not keen on the coinage; that's all. :-)
Oh. I never heard it used in a disparaging way, more with respect and awe. "Sisters are doin' it for themselves", climbing the greasy pole of corporate and literary success. Glitterati definitely has a hint of the dismissive, mwahmwah darling, must dash, got to see my ghostwriter.
A play on literati, coined in the 1990s? It was used loosely of lipstick lesbians within the chattering classes, i.e. publishing, media, politics, PR, marketing....people paid to go to parties. Retroactively, I suppose it could be applied between the wars to Vita Sackville-West and the Americans in Paris.