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#1 2005-12-11 00:33:57

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'pendantic' for 'pedantic'

The non-word ‘pendantic’ is amazingly popular- over 21,000 ghits. And, as a substitute for ‘pedantic’ it has a delightfully self-undercutting character- anyone who worries that he’s being too pendantic about words can stop worrying! I’m less clear what- if any- semantic reinterpretation is taking place. ( And ‘pedant’ sometimes gets replaced by ‘pendant’ but its tougher to goolge search those.) Examples:

I know I’m being a bit pendantic here but could RP please correct the spelling
of “Gipsy Kings” to Gypsy Kings – muchas gracias….
www.radioparadise.com/content. php?name=songinfo&song_id=31593

No offense, and not trying to appear too pendantic, but what exactly does being
a “grammar goddess” entail?
lost-forum.com/archive/index.php/t-6783.html

Do you think, perhaps, we (as a community, that is) could be accused of sometimes being too pendantic?
www.simplebits.com/notebook/2003/ 09/25/simplequiz_titles_conclusion_sort_of.html

I hate to be the pendantic one here, but even if I turn my screen upside down,
a list that does not make.
www.etomite.org/forums/lofiversion/index.php/t635.html

Not to be pendantic, but a board with a nail in it is much more democratic then
a rifle.
www.canadian-soccer.com/forum/topic.asp?topic_id=8439

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