Words at Play : Top 10 Words for Useful & Intriguing Concepts

#9: Beckmesser

Definition:

a critic or teacher of music characterized by timid and excessive reliance on rules; more broadly, a pedant

Example:

"That beckmesser can't hear the genius because he's too busy criticizing."

About the Word:

The operatic character Sixtus Beckmesser made his stage (and linguistic) debut in Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Wagner's Beckmesser was a nervous and narrow-minded clerk whose devotion to the rules made him both a pedant and a musical philistine.

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