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pedant

noun affecter, bluffer, closed-minded person, dogmatist, narrow-minded person, opinionated person, philosophaster, pretender, sciolist
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He kept that history alive among ordinary renders who did not care to penetrate the abstruse pedantries of academic historians.
An urbane philologist will find a few things to his taste: fifty words for paddock to swell our understanding of field-names, a 'lost' Old English word like fare (piglet) or tiver (for marking sheep), odd pedantries like suppurate for 'fester', sull and sully (plough) not given their Old English etymology, yob (a Staffordshire farm-labourer), but the persistent Forest of Dean woolly ship not mentioned.
This demagogic appeal is made to those, whose access to this category of readership is signalled by what he takes to be a prudent loss of interest in `the tribal wars and Byzantine pedantries that now balkanize professional students of literature into new critics, new-historicists, neo-marxists, feminists, structuralists, psychoanalysts, deconstructionalists, and other cells of the elect' (ibid.