Pedant-hood

pedant

[ped-nt]
noun
1.
a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.
2.
a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
3.
a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.
4.
Obsolete. a schoolmaster.

Origin:
1580–90; < Italian pedante teacher, pedant; apparently akin to pedagogue; see -ant

pedantesque, adjective
pedanthood, noun


2. hairsplitter.
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pedant (ˈpɛdənt)
 
n
1.  a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is concerned chiefly with insignificant detail
2.  archaic a schoolmaster or teacher
 
[C16: via Old French from Italian pedante teacher; perhaps related to Latin paedagōguspedagogue]

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pedant
1588, "schoolmaster," from M.Fr. pédant (1566), from It. pedante "teacher, schoolmaster," apparently an alteration of L.L. paedagogantem (nom. paedagogans), prp. of paedagogare (see pedagogue). Meaning "person who trumpets minor points of learning" first recorded 1596.
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