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Main Entry: ped·ant
Pronunciation: 'pe-d&nt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French, from Italian pedante
1 obsolete : a male schoolteacher
2 a : one who makes a show of knowledge b : one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge c : a formalist or precisionist in teaching

I am especially fond of 2b.  I absolutely hate it when people are pedantic.  I know some pedantic people.  They are currently making my life hell.  The pedants in my life are also being rewarded and encouraged when they should be sent packing. 

Someday, when I am an Evil Overlord, I'll deal with these sycophantic, boot-licking toadies. 

Main Entry: sy·co·phant
Pronunciation: -f&nt also -"fant
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin sycophanta slanderer, swindler, from Greek sykophantEs slanderer, from sykon fig + phainein to show -- more at FANCY
: a servile self-seeking flatterer
synonym see PARASITE
- sycophant adjective

 

Ok, so that was two words....

Dave
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posted on Thursday, December 9, 2004 6:14 PM