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#66184 - 04/18/02 12:04 PM have definition; looking for word
bowhaus Offline

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I'm looking for a word that describes someone who tends to elaborate or unpack the minutia of a large issue in order to flaunt their knowledge. I'm not sure "pedantic" quite captures this essance. Can anyone come up with anything better?


#66185 - 04/18/02 12:11 PM "Less is more"
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(just peeking in)

I see your point, Bauhaus, but I don't have the word.

#66186 - 04/18/02 12:15 PM Re: have definition; looking for word
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Cliff Claven?

my other obsession

#66187 - 04/18/02 12:25 PM Re: have definition; looking for word
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Dear bowhaus: A very fine challenge. We have all known somebody like this. I'll be talking to myself for hours about this one.

Perhaps a coinage from scholar and orator: "scholorator"
Or perhaps from didactic and dictator: "didactitator"

I ran into "didact" as synonym for "pedagogue" didactorator

#66188 - 04/18/02 12:35 PM Re: have definition; looking for word
slithy toves Offline

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I don't think hairsplitting is exactly right in this context, but it comes close.

#66189 - 04/18/02 12:53 PM Re: have definition; looking for word
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#66190 - 04/18/02 01:17 PM Re: have definition; looking for word
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pettifogger: 2. one who quibbles over trivia.

Not quite what you're looking for, perhaps, because it is more typically to distract than to flaunt.

#66191 - 04/18/02 01:57 PM Re: have definition; looking for word

sciolist (one with a pretentious attitude of scholarship; superficial knowledgeability.) might work.

or in a more figurative sense:

brummagemer (Cheap and showy; meretricious--Alteration of BIRMINGHAM, England (from the counterfeit coins made there in the 17th century))

clinquant Imitation gold leaf; tinsel; glitter.

(all def's courtesy of AHD, via atomica)

FWIW, my first choice would've been bloviator, since it's just such a cool word (hi, hyla!), but someone already mentioned it.

#66192 - 04/18/02 02:06 PM Re: have definition; looking for word
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picayunish could describe someone concerned with trivia.

But I, too, like bloviating to describe the expression of such a person best of all. And, to beat it all, have heard myself bloviating so many times and realized later, with regret, that that was exactly what I'd been doing!

But picayune is a good word for trivial things, and picayunish is a comical adjective form in that you can see part of "p----unish" in it!

Bloviating regrets,

#66193 - 04/18/02 02:11 PM Re: have definition; looking for word
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fwiw, I think bloviate is too broad for this use. senators who filibuster are just bloviating.

(to orate verbosely or windily )

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