Sometimes we use certain words out of habit and not really intend to mean what it intends to mean. We may encounter people who will try to play with your choice of words either for fun with no ill intent, or they intentionally use it to annoy you.

I can't think of any good examples right off the bat, below are what I can manage so far at the moment and I hope it illustrates what I meant.

Random Examples:

I am trying to .....

The person will say: Do not say try, say you will

I feel that .....

The person will say: You feel but you don't think?

I am medium (referring to clothes size)

The person will ask: Where is large and small?

Is there a term/description for this person's act? or is there a term/description for such individual?

For instance, if we call someone a grammar nazi we know the person is very particular with grammar. I'm wondering if there is a term/word/description that specifically mean someone who likes to play with words.


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a pedant:

a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.
a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.

from the dictionary

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    Thanks @Ricky. I've updated my question to provide more information on the word I have in mind. Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 10:07
  • A vocabulary nerd?
    – Ricky
    Commented Jan 14, 2020 at 17:56

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