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A US ‘study’ of ... wait for it ... 83 peeple has concluded those who care about langauge are mean-spiritid intraverts

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Is it possible to be a pedant and at the same time be a pleasant person? I would have said “a nice person”, but as anyone who pays attention to this column knows, “nice” originally meant “stupid” in English, so let’s not go there.

Getting back to the question, however, some think a pleasant pedant is as mythical a creature as a sheep who can knit. And let’s face it, pedants can be wolves in sheep’s clothing.

They lie there all meekly and pretend not to be bothered about the misuse and abuse of words, biting their long red tongues with sharp, pointy teeth when tempted to attack passers-by who confuse “loose” with “lose” or “weary” with “wary”...

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