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  • noun uncountable The state of being a pundit
  • noun countable The opinion or advice of a pundit


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  • Here's a question: Can this word be used as a collective noun for pundits? For example: "In the last election, polls show that no one paid much attention to the opinions of the punditry."

    I'm dubious.

    November 15, 2008

  • On Wordie, all things are possible.

    November 15, 2008

  • I think it sounds much more like the work that pundits do, rather than pundits as a collective entity. Like carpentry is to carpenter.

    Perhaps punditdom?

    November 15, 2008

  • Wouldn't pundits as a collective noun be pundits?

    November 15, 2008

  • Well, yes, unless you're talking about the world of punditism, rather than the pundits themselves.

    I hate this word.

    November 15, 2008

  • I agree with c_b, that punditry refers to what pundits do, as opposed to being a collective noun. As she already pointed out, carpenters do carpentry; similarly, devils engage in deviltry and bandits are involved in banditry (really; I looked it up).

    It remains unclear whether pandits conduct panditry, or whether hobbitry is an accepted term for describing the behavior and activities of hobbits. But we know that idolaters commit idolatry. And finally, we know that the word to describe "the attitudes and behavior of a narrow-minded, self-satisfied person with an unthinking attachment to middle-class values and materialism" is Babbittry.

    One might, I suppose, refer to the entire class of bloviators as the punditocracy, by analogy with words like bureaucracy and aristocracy.

    November 15, 2008

  • Ooh, punditocracy's more demeaning and nasty than punditdom. I like it.

    November 15, 2008

  • I'm with c_b. This is way up on my list of least favorite words, largely because it describes a person that performs one of the least useful services I can imagine.

    November 15, 2008

  • But it's also most often used just as a pejorative to describe anyone whose activities you believe to be 'least useful.' I mean, you must admit. Does anyone call himself a pundit? With happiness at the prospect? Two hundred years ago, they'd probably have called Thomas Paine a pundit.

    Or a blogger.

    *is gleeful at the prospect of a blog at, written by Thomas Paine*

    November 15, 2008

  • But pundit derives from the Indian word pandit, meaning a wise man, no?

    November 15, 2008