Please, there may be elitist shenanigans going on, but your language sounds like dock worker droll. If you wish to be taken seriously I suggest you use different words. Nobody is going to take a dock workers opinions about pro-level laptops or "pro" branded laptops. Not that there is anything wrong with being a dock worker, it is just that that kind of language outside of the waterfront is very inappropriate, especially in professional settings.
I agree with tokenuser, those of us who are pro-level users who are not in the graphic arts fields are just as legitimate pros as Photoshop pros are. Although, I blame the press for this assumption, as the only pro-level users that the press pays attention to are the photoshop jockeys in their own publishing rooms.
If you had a point to make disparaging dock workers is a poor way to do it. You sound elitist with your derogatory remarks while my only elitist comment is about elitists which really only makes me a self-hating elitist.
As for the word ****, it's a word. It's a taboo word but you have to choose to make it taboo. There is nothing in the arrangement of its letters or its sound waves when uttered that are actually cursed. There is nothing at all about but a collective choice to react to it because you are were taught a certain way. I specifically used it to relay a point, an emotion, and one you reacted to at a visceral level. A word that you claim means that won't be taken seriously despite it being a way that we reproduce and show affection. A word that you felt you needed to insult an entire class of workers over. A word hat you wouldn't bat an eye over if it's equivalent was used in another language which you don't speak.
Perhaps one day we can evolve our culture to not insult or pigeonhole groups of people over fearing that a cursed term was scribed or vocalized in our presence.