To be fair, Miss Manners would probably frown on ANY level of smug. Best to keep that private.
OTOH, she’s human, soooooo...
And, TBF, our body count is largely due to purely avoidable reasons, so those who are doing it right have some justification in looking down their noses at us. Especially considering the smugness we usually project on the world stage.
As was once written:
I posted an Australian cartoon. There was a context others might not get. How countries tend to see themselves.
USA American exceptionalism (we're great)
Australia. Aussie battler (fight/don't give up)
NZ number 8 fencing wire. (Fix it yourself)
The cartoon had an Aussie batter playing cricket. Batter/battler.
I thought it would be suitably mild to post.
I can't really post some of the other stuff being printed in newspapers and online. Aussies post in NZ reddit and vice versa.
Aussies are blunt.