Definitions

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  • n. One who relies solely on scientific measurements and observable facts without taking human nature into consideration.

Etymologies

Thomas Gradgrind, a pedantic teacher in Dickens' Hard Times. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The complaints of educators that learning does not enter into character and affect conduct; the protests against memoriter work, against cramming, against gradgrind preoccupation with "facts," against devotion to wire-drawn distinctions and ill-understood rules and principles, all follow from this state of affairs.

    democracy and Education : an Introduction to the Philosophy of Education

  • Ron Paul, in his fucktarded contribution on the day, has gradgrind:

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  • If the Home Office had complied with the courts 'rulings, Gabrial and those like him would at least have been able legally to obtain work, to support themselves and to regain some self-respect, which the gradgrind asylum support system appears calculated to destroy, along with hope and sanity.

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  • "Age known by marks in mouth"

    Indeed, but what if our equine friend has been bishoped? Not to mention feagued?

    September 18, 2009


  • "One who is interested only in the cold, hard facts."

    ~ http://www.brownielocks.com/words.html ~

    September 18, 2009

  • T.H.E.: 'The third danger is incipient support of an audit culture that leads to a Gradgrinding of university departments. In Charles Dickens' Hard Times, a horse is famously defined as:

    '"'Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in the spring; in marshy countries sheds hoofs, too. Hoofs hard, but requiring to be shod with iron. Age known by marks in mouth.' Thus (and much more) ... 'Now girl number twenty,' said Mr. Gradgrind. 'You know what a horse is.'"'

    April 16, 2009