But Michael Medved says this approach amounts to snide religion-bashing.
For his part, Newt Gingrich has clearly been honing his persona as condescending, arch, snide Big Thinker.
For all the snide comments from the right, the word is getting passed on.
1859, thieves' slang, "counterfeit, sham, bad, spurious," of unknown origin. Of persons, "cunning, sharp," from 1883. Sense of "sneering" is first attested 1933, perhaps via sense of "hypocrisy, malicious gossip" (1902). Related: Sneeringly.