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“Pecksniffian” already exists! (It’s an adj.)

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But now so is

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Pecksniff.”

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It’s from “Bogeyman Haunting U. S. Campuses”¹

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For more use the DOOR.

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   Says George Will in his Oct. 20, 2016 column that discusses “The Descent of America’s Great Research Universities into Authoritarianism Matters.”

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“…Today, students have macro-tantrums about micro-aggressions (e.g. ‘sombreros). Time was, students rebelled against universities acting in loco parentis. Today they welcome having their sexual and other social interactions minutely subjected to government regulations administered by Pecksniffs with Ph.D.s”

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   I think the sentences explain the word. However, according to the Oxford On-line dictionary, we only have this:

Pecksniffian |pekˈsnifēən|
adjective
affecting benevolence or high moral principles.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from Pecksniff, the name of a character in Dickens’s Martin Chuzzlewit, + -ian.

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   So it’s time to “add in” and use the noun form:  “Pecksniff” It’s a perfect appellation for the societal and language police that now haunt and disrupt American education.

Happy Halloween

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   ¹ George Will, Bogeyman Haunting U. S. Campuses.” Scrantion Times-Trib. Oct. 20, 2016.