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egriton commented on the word pedantic
I am desperately trying to remember a word. I came across it in a novel about two years ago and recently wanted to use it in an article I was writing. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember it.Its meaning is something like hair-splitting -- and a word close to its meaning is "cavillous". The word refers to distinctions that are excessive, perhaps pedantic, unnecessary or self-indulgent.I vaguely recall that the word starts with a "d" or a "p". Any ideas?Thanks!
September 20, 2013
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