What is the word for taking everything literally?
Posted by NT Wrong on August 29, 2008
Looking, as I regularly do, at search terms which landed at this blog, I found that somebody had searched for:
They found a quote by James Barr, that late, great iconoclast of being literal.
And so — just what is the word for ‘taking everything literally’? Probably the best word you could use is the following:
provanlonglongmanise /pruv-an-lawng-lawng-muhn-nahyz/ verb
to provide an elaborate literalistic paraphrase of a text, which falsely purports to provide a scholarly assessment of it
I trust that will be of assistance in future searches.
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