Member Rara Avis
There is nothing "offensive" or should not be, to Anyone, my friend. The offensiveness, to me, is from (some) academics in their way of looking down their noses at someone like they (the someone), are a piece of sand in need of brushing away or, to be ignored.
I've been there (not an academic myself but closely related to two PhD's and so among their peers at times.) Felt the "scorn", for lack of a better word, from those who give "academics" a bad name.. But, in contrast, there are those who bend over to help, explain and answer. Them I cheer.
And it isn't the competition that makes the former act the way they do - well maybe among their competitors, but, come on, if you're snide, you're snide.
(no offense meant, my friend, just an observation of mine, over "years", voiced.