I’m just so sick of pedants and conceited little tearer-downers I could scream.
We knew there’s no keeping a born scholar ignorant, and at heart, I think, we didn’t really want to, but we were nervous, even frightened, at the statistics on child pedants and academic weisenheimers who grow up into faculty-recreation-room savants.
Some six weeks later, a long-distance call came through from Boston at eleven-thirty at night, with much dropping of small coins in an ordinary pay phone, and an unidentified voice—with no intention, presumably, of sounding pedantically waggish—informed Mr. and Mrs. Glass that their son Zooey, at twelve, had an English vocabulary on an exact par with Mary Baker Eddy’s, if he could be urged to use it.
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Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
Don’t let grammatical pedantry obscure your authentic voice.