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  • A "talmudical dotard," exclaims one Puritan divine pointing a finger of scorn at a brother of the cloth; "talmudical dorbel [blockhead]," retorts another in the midst of acrimonious debate.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol V No 3


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  • (noun) - A dull-witted pedant; a foolish pretender to learning; from Nicholas Dorbellus (c. 1400-1475), a professor of scholastic philosophy at Poitiers, and a follower of Duns Scotus, whose name gave us dunce. --Joseph Shipley's Dictionary of Early English, 1955

    February 6, 2018