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  • Fiona Grant

    Fiona Grant March 12, 2006, 1:13 p.m. (Message 44644)

    On being pedantic rather than pedestrian, and enthusing about dance week-ends with friends

    Hi Carl
    You are spot on as you say: pedantic (a favorite pastime of many of us on
    this list)
    But then we are a self selected group of SCD obsessives, and a sizable
    proportion of us are RSCDS certificated teachers too.
    If we stick to the third definition below, then maybe we shouldn't be too
    self deprecatory.
    Etymology: Middle French, from Italian pedante
    1 obsolete : a male schoolteacher
    2 a: one who makes a show of knowledge 
      b: one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the
    presentation or use of knowledge 
      c: a formalist or precisionist in teaching
    Persona pedante 
    In snowy Bristol, England, just back from a wonderful branch week-end away
    dancing and walking at Haytor in Dartmoor National Park.
    If any dancers are looking for a country house dance location, we can
    recommend Moorlands, Haytor, Dartmoor.
    Moorlands stands high up in the moor close to Haytor Rocks, one of the best
    known natural features in the Dartmoor National Park. Superb walks start
    from the front door. Occupying 12 acres of grounds, it has sweeping views
    over the rolling Devon countryside and towards the coast. Moorlands is set
    well back from the B3387 between Widecombe in the Moor and Bovey Tracey. The
    Country House's setting inspired Agatha Christie to write her first book,
    The Mysterious Affair at Styles, whilst staying at the house. And it has

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