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He had neither the patience nor the tact for managing loquacious parliamentary pedants.
The monks are stigmatized as pedants who would destroy the joy of life on earth, who are avaricious, dissolute and the breeders of eternal dissensions and squabbles.
He is much less of a mere mocker than Lucian, and he is entirely destitute, even when he deals with monks or pedants, of the ferocity of Swift.
Bryson highlights the lunacy of applying Latin grammar to a Germanic language and the smug, slimy pedants it has given us.