It rarely gives me an exact phrase to use, but makes me think about the subject in different ways.
> No state sorrier than that of the man who keeps up a continual round, and pries into “the secrets of the nether world,” as saith the poet, and is curious in conjecture of what is in his neighbour’s heart.
> The past is such a curious creature, / To look her in the face / A transport may reward us, / Or a disgrace.
@JoshuaAslanSmith Speaking of pedants, I feel compelled to mention that "irregardless" is the bastard child of "irrespective" and "regardless." Although its meaning is clear, careful users of English often prefer the less ungainly "regardless."