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Chris -- 2011-03-08
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….
No offense, and not trying to appear too pendantic, but what exactly does being
a “grammar goddess” entail?
Do you think, perhaps, we (as a community, that is) could be accused of sometimes being too pendantic?
I hate to be the pendantic one here, but even if I turn my screen upside down,
a list that does not make.
Not to be pendantic, but a board with a nail in it is much more democratic then