A consultant (of a different ethnic origin) - let's call him GJ - joined our team today. (These consultants are rotated around projects in our organization.)
The Manager goes around introducing him to the team and in the process walks up to my desk.
Manager: GJ, meet Anu. Her area of responsibility is blah blah blah.
GJ: Yes, yes I know Anu, I had worked with her when she was a snob.
Me: (Thinking hard - what aspect of my behavior would be perceived as "snobbish"????)
GJ: You know when she joined - she came from XYZ company - I was the one who explained all about ABC project - she was a total snob see.
After a prolonged garbled explanation it turns out that GJ thought the word "snob" meant someone who's had industry experience but has joined a new team or company.
Don't ask - I don't know how he came up with that one!