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19 Jun 2007 12:43

One who values technical rules and book knowledge over common sense and general knowledge.

Commonly found on Internet message boards and in the realm of student politics, pedants can be found quibbling over missing apostrophes, points of order and the minutae of the ICU constitution.

Pedants can on occasion be successfully rehabilitated in the community, however countless numbers of them are believed to be buried under the floor in dBs (this is the real reason it hasn't been refurbished).

See Matthews, Jon and Piggott, Edward.