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goobster  ·  196 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: The hubwheel is not a "like" button.

At some point, American English decided to move "pedantry" from the "Purely Descriptive" column, over to the "Offensive" column.

I was not informed of this change.




ThatFanficGuy  ·  195 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Depends on your perspective.

I try to be very precise with my speech. I value it. Not being precise makes me cringe. I can see the layers of meaning that, for me, need to be distinguished and operated upon separately.

Most people don't see it that way, which is how you get "pedantic" as an insult. I really don't know it is that makes such high precision to be so distressing. I wish I did. My only theory is that higher-level precision is overexposure to most people, in the same way too much light hurts our eyes - but I have no clue how close that is to reality.

cgod  ·  196 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I checked the definition in multiple dictionaries. In some you would be hard pressed to glean a negative connotation others cast it in a pretty deragatory light. My sense before looking it up was pretty negative which seems to be the general consensus.

kleinbl00  ·  196 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Pretty sure that one's been pejorative since Erasmus.

_refugee_  ·  196 days ago  ·  link  ·  

How do you feel about notoriety because I feel like people who use it to mean fame are fucking idiots

kleinbl00  ·  196 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Tricky one, isn't it? If you frame yourself as an antihero, notoriety is fame. When Elliott Ness referred to Capone's notoriety, he was arguing that Capone was an infamously bad dude. But if you viewed Elliott Ness as the bad guy, notoriety is dope. I mean-

But I also think that the meaning was diluted a long, long time ago because

_refugee_  ·  195 days ago  ·  link  ·  

i mean juicy over hypnotize erry day 'bl00