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Topic: a note about pedant (was: Re: +Great Pics Tom! => spelling (34 lines)
1) From: Edward Spiegel
At 12:08 PM -0500 8/21/04, John Abbott wrote:
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 Merriam-Webster might be interested though:
At the risk of seeming pedantic, I hate to step in here, but before you try=
 to bring someone down you should: 1) check more than one source, 2) more=
 carefully read what Ralph wrote, 3) be more aware of what the definition=
 means. All that the m-w listing you supplied tells us is that in modern=
 english the original use (according to m-w) is a male schoolteacher. It=
 tells us nothing about the original meaning of the word -- which we=
 borrowed from another language. Hence, the definition you supply is not the=
 original meaning -- it is an intermediate meaning.
Ralph was commenting on the origin of the word. Since the word did not=
 originate in English, you need to look farther back.
According to Bartelby.com, the word origin is along the lines of what Ralph =
outlined:http://www.bartleby.com/61/42/P0144200.htmlFrench pédant or Italian pedante (French, from Italian), possibly from=
 Vulgar Latin *paedns, *paedent-, present participle of *paedere, to=
 instruct, probably from Greek paideuein, from  pais, paid-, child. See pedo=
-2.
Pedantically,
Edward


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