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#127336 04/13/04 02:40 PM
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Wordsmith gives an excellent example of a tragic tendency
of English to take a fine complimentary word, and let the
meaning drift to a snotty sneer. Der Quibblemeister is
shedding great big tears.

sententious (sen-TEN-shuhs) adjective

1. Full of pithy expressions.

2. Full of pompous moralizing.



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Even if the drift you are speaking of is from "Full of meaning" to "Full of morals" it doesn't seem to (necessarily) be a bad thing... but perhaps the inflection is slanting towards those with less morals who see *it as being pompous.


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I see a simple transfer of meaning from one who has a lot of short witty sayings to one who has a lot of short sayings that just aren't quite so witty. Polonius in Hamlet had plenty of short sayings.


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Like the pedant who begam a scholar and teacher, to the pedant who is narrow and a bore.



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