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Daemon
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pedantic

(adjective) Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules.

Synonyms: donnish, academic

Usage: Pedantic and hypercritical, meddlesome and fault-finding, he was a terror to the clerks under him.
monamagda
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Notes: Today's adjective is derived from the noun pedant which originally meant simply "teacher", but has since come to refer to teachers pejoratively. Pedantry is what keeps the pedant going from one pedantism (act or show of pedantry) to another. Should pedants gain control of the government, we would be governed by a pedantocracy. The political philosopher John Stuart Mill argued (On Liberty 1869) that governments must comprise people of all occupations ". . . if we would not have our bureaucracy degenerate into a pedantocracy." Apparently John Stuart was OK with bureaucracy.

Word History: Pedantic, used to be French pédant, possibly from Vulgar (Street) Latin paeden(t)s, which would have been the present participle of paedere "to instruct". Although we have no written evidence of such a word, pédant came from somewhere and Greek had a verb paideuein "to bring up, raise, educate", based on pai(d)s "child". Latin often borrowed from Greek. We find several words beginning with P that are probably related to the Greek word for "child": Latin puer "boy" and paucus "few, little", the origin of Spanish poco "small, little". Since Proto-Indo-European [p] became [f] in Germanic languages like English, these words are probably related to English few.



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nkelsey
Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:21:48 AM
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know-it-all = a person who acts as though he/she knows everything and overwrites (DISMISSES) the ideas, opinions, comments and/or suggestions of others.
Gary98
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Everyone is pedantic nowadays with the help of internet
Vicki Holzknecht
Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:47:48 PM

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I always receive pedantic looks from people.
JUSTIN Excellence
Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:48:28 PM

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I love and am not loved. But you, the persian cat with pedantic talent < programming genius > who nestle daily in my dear one's arms ... what need have you to moan?






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