Sentence with Context:
If pedantry is an attempt at superiority-signalling, we might anticipate that the level of an individual’s pedantry would relate to their relative status. Individuals who believe they have a high level of knowledge relative to someone else may be more likely to be pedantic at that person to confirm this higher status.
It need hardly be said that Branagh is playing Woody Allen – a pedantic impersonation with all the mannerisms, just as John Cusack played Woody in Bullets Over Broadway.
Meaning: Excessively concerned with minor details or rules
Over-scrupulous, Scrupulous, Perfectionist, Over-exacting, Punctilious, Scholastic, Hair-splitting, Captious, Bookish, Pedagogic, Didactic, Highbrow, Arid, Barren, Boring, Drab
Unscholarly, Lowbrow, Ignorant, Illiterate, Uneducated, Amusing, Diverting, Entertaining
Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?
Imagine a football referee who is pedantic i.e., so concerned with minor rules or details that he would award your opposition team a penalty each time you touch the other team’s players even a little. How boring, ref! Remember thus.
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