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Correcting a corrector 26th September 2007

Without offence to Derek Robinson (Letters, October), and without being pedantic, a pedant being someone excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning (Oxford English Dictionary), “crescendo,” in the same book, has a non-musical definition as the loudest point reached in a gradually increasing sound, an English definition, albeit of a word with an Italian origin. Tumbler’s use of the word (Washington watch, September) was metaphorical (applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable).

Being pedantic, our friend in the cartoon on the same letters…

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