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have definition; looking for word #66184
04/18/02 04:04 PM 04/18/02 04:04 PM
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Skokie, IL bowhaus OP
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?
"Less is more" #66185
04/18/02 04:11 PM 04/18/02 04:11 PM
Joined: Mar 2000
lower upstate New York AnnaStrophic
lower upstate New York
(just peeking in)
I see your point, Bauhaus, but I don't have the word.
Re: have definition; looking for word #66186
04/18/02 04:15 PM 04/18/02 04:15 PM
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rego park of troy
Re: have definition; looking for word #66187
04/18/02 04:25 PM 04/18/02 04:25 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 13,858 wwh
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
Re: have definition; looking for word #66188
04/18/02 04:35 PM 04/18/02 04:35 PM
Joined: Jan 2002
Sarasota, Florida, US slithy toves
Sarasota, Florida, US
I don't think hairsplitting is exactly right in this context, but it comes close.
Re: have definition; looking for word #66189
04/18/02 04:53 PM 04/18/02 04:53 PM
Joined: Jan 2002
Virginia, USA TheFallibleFiend
Re: have definition; looking for word #66190
04/18/02 05:17 PM 04/18/02 05:17 PM
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 2,605 Keiva
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.
Re: have definition; looking for word #66191
04/18/02 05:57 PM 04/18/02 05:57 PM
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.
Re: have definition; looking for word #66192
04/18/02 06:06 PM 04/18/02 06:06 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Piedmont Region of Virginia, U... Wordwind
Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
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!
Re: have definition; looking for word #66193
04/18/02 06:11 PM 04/18/02 06:11 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
this too shall pass tsuwm
this too shall pass
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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