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Pedantry

Blimber, Cornelia
“dry and sandy with working in the graves of deceased languages.” [Br. Lit.: Dombey and Son]
Casaubon, Edward
dull pedant; dreary scholar who marries Dorothea. [Br. Lit.: Middlemarch]
Caxton, Austin
erudite bookworm. [Br. Lit.: The Caxtons]
Choakumchild, Mr.
pedantic master of Gradgrind’s school. [Br. Lit.: Hard Times]
Conseil
taxonomically talented servant of Prof. Aronnax. [Fr. Lit.: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea]
Dalgetty, Rittmaster Dugald
garrulous pedant. [Br. Lit.: A Legend of Montrose]
Fluellen
pedantic Welsh captain and know-it-all. [Br. Lit.: Henry V]
Holofernes
shameless pedagogue-schoolmaster. [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
Sampson, Dominie
old-fashioned, donnish scholar. [Br. Lit.: Guy Mannering]
Scriblerus, Martinus
learned fool. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 909]
Thwackum
selfish and ill-humored clerical pedagogue. [Br. Lit.: Tom Jones]
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The wall of pedantry, buttressed by generations of paternalist traditions, was too high and unassailable.
Whether Rizig can enforce the constitutional pedantry of the SIM high office in Khartoum on al-Fasher's sultan is the wrong question I suppose.
Sorry to be a spoilsport - but a pinch of pedantry is surely forgivable here?
Bookworks": I thought a bookworm only a metaphor/For pedantry, till I found fiver worms in a book/Chewing a path through Dickens.
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The result of the lampooning of pedantry by Dunkin--achieved by engaging in pedantry itself--is a bizarre appendix to the poem, it is testament to Dunkin's literary abilities and philological pursuits, and almost as entertaining in its fantasy and burlesque as the poem which it supports.
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Issam Mahfouz wrote in his theater manifesto that he was "against consensus, against traditionalism, against futility, against laziness, against non-theaterC* and against the poetic word in theater, against intellectual pedantry, against rhetoric, against elocution, against song, against thought, against everything that kills life in the language of theater".
In my days at university - admittedly a century ago when pedantry was alive and well - hype was thought to be a bad thing, implying a promise that could not be delivered.
Moreover, few people care about this problem; the glory lies in discovery, not pedantry.
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She said the characteristics of Kate's right-slanting cursive script, which reflects her pedantry for time keeping, intelligence and efficiency, are helpful in shedding light on her private persona and, in particular, her natural aptitude for academia.