I’m sure you all know somebody who is smart enough to know many words, has the desire to be pedantic. but isn’t aware that doing it wrong turns people off.
It’s kind of like when a 20-something insists on referring to Taiwan as Formosa. I’m a little impressed that they know an archaic place name, maybe they know more, but my aged grandmother calls it Taiwan; if she can, you can too.
There are enough of these people in the world that I’m surprised that I haven’t heard anybody, in person or on the television, refer to swine flu as porcine flu.
…Except at home. In the privacy of my own home that’s what I call it. I say it to be funny….and maybe to be a little pedantic too.