Daily Dose of Samuel Johnson: PEDANT & more

My Word of the Day

PEDANT (PE’DANT) n.s.[pedant, French.]1. A schoolmaster.

A pedant that keeps a school i’ th’ church. Shakesp.

The boy who scarce has paid his entrance down To his proud pedant, or declin’d a noun. Dryden.2. A man vain of low knowledge; a man awkwardly ostentatious of his literature.

The pedant can hear nothing but in favour of the conceits he is amorous of. Glanville.

The preface has so much of the pedant, and so little of the conversation of men in it, that I shall pass it over. Addison.

In learning let a nymph delight, The pedant gets a mistress by’t. Swift.

Recent references to PEDANT on Twitter

@DirectorVRU I was something of a pedant in my younger days – sorry David https://t.co/VpvsHCW1dq

@crp_uk @AutoPap I can. Though the pedant in me cant help but refer to the dictionary at this point. The Up doesn’t feel qu… https://t.co/ztz0VcexdF

@oscaron Me: "What did the Pink Panther say the the guy who started his diatribe with ‘Actually…’?"

Other: "Pedant, Pedan… https://t.co/5nXAUZnpRM

@ChrisJWilkinson @DavrosTheThird @GaryDelaney C’mon, nobody likes a pedant (especially when he’s right!)

@kaalakawaa @NasimZehra Dear Ms. Zehra, you are an incredibly well read and educated individual. But the pédant in me must poin… https://t.co/ntCdO4WDA7

@se16o @GeorgeSessions Obviously being a total pedant here, but surely none of our players ar ex-professionals?

@cloudofballoons Me, a pedant: *Whom https://t.co/Rmw6sbdRve

@Gene_Ray_Bot Can you distinguish the academic pedant hirelings are conspiring to defame my character, as a god, equates to a dea… https://t.co/b0SBdM0qA4

@samhenly @Joe_Espresso @hughhowey @rwaldron Please stop being an insufferable pedant.

@Seunte I really don’t want to be a pedant so I’m not going to @ them, but I hope someone told the #thezonecast boys that t… https://t.co/9gfy6DtUwq

@LomsterCode @anthonyjwells @JohnRentoul If I can out-pedant the pedant. Finland is Finland in Swedish, which is an official language of Finland.

@barrylyga As a geek and something of a pedant, it’s grating to me how everyone in the press misuses the term “reboot” these days.

@anthonyjwells @JohnRentoul Puts on special pedant hat…

Different letter from official country name in English. Otherwise you… https://t.co/VGom8BZptO

@ToryMcCaffrey @CaDoToHa @RichardLStubbs Trying so hard to not be a grammar pedant. 😟

@nickvsx @billybragg @Bonn1eGreer Pedant alert: Macpherson relates to how incidents shd be handled & reported, if a victim r… https://t.co/SBKfCis9FT

@TFsarebarry Characters who aren’t allowed to die in the final issues of #lostlight #4: Ultra Magnus I have LOVED what… https://t.co/ocX55AOQyD

@treeemoose @LBNo11FFC As a fellow grammar pedant I feel bound to point out that "Fayeds" should have an apostrophe! 😂😂

@ucjtlllll @Strontiumdog500 @BillyJWells @jeremycorbyn @peoplesvote_uk It would be spelling in this case which is writing and… https://t.co/WhtN9wUaIB

@Lightingand Have you ever seen the shining sugar?😍 #design #lighting #lightingdesign #Product #sugar #shine #pedant https://t.co/8YajLbFEFK

@TweetingSeagull @fishplums @philippemberto3 @bglendenning @maxrushden Sorry to be a pedant but they changed the words now, instead… https://t.co/t2Uwh7k3mP

Recent references to Samuel Johnson on Twitter

@kemertasAdem The Ghanaian player is valuable. We still love Samuel Johnson and Stephen Appiah. I hope you will be Fenerbahce’s l… https://t.co/RAw75UD6tX

@crimaiota "Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble." (Samuel Johnson)

@livinglifefully The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. -Samuel Johnson https://t.co/ZDW6a7Fyu0

@AstonishingCar 1785 The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson James Boswell 1st https://t.co/EQJEu5Ti1P https://t.co/5CmOfiOAUS

@DaytonDUI “If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.… https://t.co/Efw7vfvx8t

@PlumeriaParadis Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain ap… https://t.co/Tl1Jl2lm9j

@LPrysock “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library t… https://t.co/MqlnsSRgRJ

@Samuel_Sheff @JamesHelliwell4 @Sheffield_Yotes Or they could just come in with a bad attitude and lack of commitment, underestim… https://t.co/8kEsLSg5gd

@Turkish_Futbol1 Andre Ayew will become the fourth Ghanian footballer to play for Fenerbahçe – Yaw Preko ✅ – Samuel Johnson ✅ – Ste… https://t.co/jepO0LxkcY

@GeliHitler "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome." Samuel Johnson

@Duhan7_AdAgency Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement.

Samuel Johnson this fella knows some advertising – s… https://t.co/GDQtE3IhnU

@macisaac_john Persist to accomplish much! "Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance." Samuel Johnson #NimbleQuotes

@UHDBIPCT Ready and waiting to deliver Infection Prevention mandatory update at Samuel Johnson. Love coming here as our colle… https://t.co/rRCdsWLnzd

@nipungupta14 @OmairTAhmad @autumnshade Well, this little anecdote by Christopher Hitchens comes to my mind, reading your tweet.… https://t.co/VyTkZufvwY

@Pendidikan4Id “I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.” ― Samuel Johnson, Johnsonian Miscellanies – Vol II

@WordYouDontKnow Shakespeare never has six lines together without a fault. ~ Samuel Johnson

@emeraldrkesuma "Language is the dress of thought." (Samuel Johnson) ✿⊰✧♡✧⊱✿ #quote #twittbot

@historylvrsclub Lieutenant Colonel Robert Samuel Johnson (February 21, 1920 December 27, 1998) was a USAAF fighter pilot during Wor… https://t.co/EWzJ8CXyLv

@Carpenterdf As you do today i was researching alumni of the places i’ve been to school/studied. It’s always fascinating – espec… https://t.co/fTrY2s04Sz

@hiddlestigress Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.

Samuel Johnson

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