Today’s word over at Johnson’s Dictionary has a particular resonance, given my line of work:

HYPERCRI’TICK. n.s. [hypercritique, Fr. υπερ and χριτιχος.]
A critick exact or captious beyond use or reason.
Those hypercriticks in English poetry differ from the opi-
nion of the Greek and Latin judges of antiquity, from the Ita-
lians and French, and from the general taste of all ages. Dryd.

Nowadays we call them Casaubons. Or in my case, “me.”

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