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  • n. Knowledge acquired from reading books, as opposed to knowledge gained through experience or feeling; theoretical or academic knowledge as opposed to practical or common-sensical knowledge.


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  • Though politicians gnash their teeth and cry anathema, and man, whose superficial book-learning is vitiated by crystallised prejudice, assures us that civilisation will go to smash, the trend of society, to-day, the world over, is toward socialism.


  • America should be building, rather, on our unique strengths, focusing our main efforts and resources not on book-learning from the past and standardized testing, but on stimulating the passion and creativity of all our young people and honing our well-deserved reputation for ingenuity and entrepreneurship.

    Marc Prensky: The Reformers Are Leaving Our Schools in the 20th Century

  • Many local friends/acquaintenances generally didn't have much 'book-learning' past six grade.

    Specifics vs. description

  • Are intelligence and book-learning only an unnatural byproduct of aberrant social traits?

    Commuter Heaven

  • The one with the knowledge and the book-learning and very little real-world experience.

    TFV and me (mostly TFV) on fannish AUs

  • Both Clinton and McCain insisted that experience is critical and faulted Obama for his book-learning.

    Desperately Seeking Sarah

  • Oh, I forgot, you're a proud, "no book-learning," "everything I need to know I learned in Wasilla, Alaska" conservative type, aren't you?

    Palin Rallies For Chambliss Attract Voters -- From Other States

  • And Charles was a rascal-- all those princely airs and graces, those fine manners and book-learning, why, it just made Simon as mad as can be.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • An education doesn't necessarily mean book-learning, either: one of the stipulations made by Edna Adan when she was building her hospital was that the brickmakers teach women their trade.

    Breaking a Conspiracy of Silence

  • A great swath of Americans seem more suspicious of such book-learning than ever before, and actively prefer its opposite.

    Christopher Bonanos: The American Heritage of American Heritage


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