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16 Feb 2008, 4:01 pm

I know what pedantic means, but I can't understand it's definition.

What does it mean to be pedantic speech?



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16 Feb 2008, 4:05 pm

If I put as a reply to your post that you should have put, 'What does it mean to have pendantic speech', that would be pendantic.



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16 Feb 2008, 4:07 pm

Chimchar wrote:
I know what pedantic means, but I can't understand it's definition.

What does it mean to be pedantic speech?


Going ridiculously out of your way to explain things you feel you know. I'll give absurdly long lectures to my son, and he's not even 2 years old.

Edit: Also, Pedantic, not Pendantic :lol:


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16 Feb 2008, 4:12 pm

I feel wrong now. Do you mean like showing the world that you know everything just for the sake of being noticed? But is it possible to not be aware that no one wants to hear your lectures? I never realized I sounded like a intellectual snob.

I use big words often, words that I expect my peers to know and if they don't understand it, I get the impression that they are uneducated.



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16 Feb 2008, 4:14 pm

The so called "ten dollar" words. Or something of that sort.



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16 Feb 2008, 4:24 pm

Chimchar wrote:
I feel wrong now. Do you mean like showing the world that you know everything just for the sake of being noticed? But is it possible to not be aware that no one wants to hear your lectures? I never realized I sounded like a intellectual snob.

I use big words often, words that I expect my peers to know and if they don't understand it, I get the impression that they are uneducated.


Almost, but not quite. Whenever I'm explaining something to someone, it's not to seek attention. I'll often relegate thoughts to myself, when no one else is even close to around. And yes :P it seems the normals don't care to be lectured upon.

"Smartass," so often I've been called, when truly, I'd suppose it's just an obsession with language.


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16 Feb 2008, 5:20 pm

Synonyms: pedantic, academic, bookish, donnish, scholastic

These adjectives mean marked by a narrow, often tiresome focus on or display of learning and especially its trivial aspects: a pedantic writing style; an academic insistence on precision; a bookish vocabulary; donnish refinement of speech; scholastic and excessively subtle reasoning.

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Posting the above would fit the definition. :wink:

As an example: when someone takes three paragraphs of precisely worded grammar in reply to a question when a simple "yes", "no," or "I dunno" would suffice. :lol:



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16 Feb 2008, 5:30 pm

Nan wrote:
Synonyms: pedantic, academic, bookish, donnish, scholastic

These adjectives mean marked by a narrow, often tiresome focus on or display of learning and especially its trivial aspects: a pedantic writing style; an academic insistence on precision; a bookish vocabulary; donnish refinement of speech; scholastic and excessively subtle reasoning.

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Posting the above would fit the definition. :wink:

As an example: when someone takes three paragraphs of precisely worded grammar in reply to a question when a simple "yes", "no," or "I dunno" would suffice. :lol:


Definitions I don't deem fit since they're not my own.

Don't make me bust out a speech on yo a$$.


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16 Feb 2008, 5:41 pm

Parched and boring topic

That is what my teens say to me. But I like a word Nan wrote: donnish.

Like astonish. Ishy words. Rolling around in your mouth words. Noisy words.

It has character. It is moist, unlike the dry word pedantic.

Great synonym. :)

Dryish? (Do not go there!) 8O


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16 Feb 2008, 5:45 pm

Cellar Door...considered amongst few to be the most beautiful phrase in existence. I guess I was never attracted towards "ishes."


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16 Feb 2008, 6:06 pm

Pedantic speech would be lecturing to someone, i.e., the stereotype of a professor.


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16 Feb 2008, 6:28 pm

Chimchar wrote:
What does it mean to be pedantic speech?

I think, that pedantic speech has a lot of "excess", not really needed words; e.g. a lot of words may be replaced by the "context" of the dialog and voice tone. Not "pedantic" conversation is made of rather short sentences and has more flexible voice tone.

P.S. May be, my post is a little pedantic too :) , but English is not my first language.



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16 Feb 2008, 8:04 pm

Pedantic means sounding like a college textbook or an intellectual.


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16 Feb 2008, 8:25 pm

Odin wrote:
Pedantic means sounding like a college textbook or an intellectual.

From the other day, an instance (perhaps)-
My father told me that "Ukraine" is pronounced like "ooh-krane" & insisted that I say it that way. I wouldn't, because it feels silly (speaking the word in that manner)-I don't hear news people on tv or radio calling it that. I say it like "you-krane", because that's what I'm used to & what it was called all through school. I believe my father when he says he is correct, but I don't care enough (about this level of precision, in this case) to adopt his method.
There are many grammatical/verbal things about which I'm more "pedantic", pefectionist, or rule-bound. There are also plenty of areas/occasions in which I do things "my way" rather than the "standard" way. It depends-I'm inconsistently consistent, or vice versa...


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17 Feb 2008, 5:23 am

Belfast's example is good (although internet dictionaries say it's pronounced you-krane :( - yes, I had to look it up)
I pronounce praline as 'prah-line' even though everybody else says 'pray-line'.
I think pedantic speech is always saying things the right way, using perfect grammar and so on.