MEANING: adjective: Characterized by an excessive, narrow adherence to rules without practical judgment.

ETYMOLOGY: From French pédant or Italian pedante, perhaps from Latin paedagogare (to teach). Earliest documented use: 1607.

PET ANTIC - my little doggie does the cutest trick

PEDIANTIC - and so does my kid

SEDAN TIC - my car gets a twitch at 31 mph

FED ANTIC - what's the Federal Reserve Bank trying to do now?