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pedantic
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules; nitpicky by the book
perspicacious
shrewd; clear-sighted as in being very mentally sharp and keen
abstruse
difficult to understand
didactic
instructive; intended to teach for moral instruction; often viewed as patronizing
rhetoric
the art of using language effectively and persuasively
assimilate
to absorb or become absorbed; to make or become similar
callous
emotionally hardened; unfeeling; toughened
idiosyncrasy
distinctive or peculiar feature or characteristic particular to an individual or group
incoherent
lacking cohesion or connection; unable to speak intelligibly or in confusing way
gaffe
a clumsy social error; embarrassing unintentional act or remark; a faux pas
circumscribe
to draw a circle around; to restrict within drawn limits, responsibilities, or roles
reclusive
seeking or preferring seclusion or isolation; avoiding company of other people
denounce
to condemn openly or publicly as being bad or wrong
cosmopolitan
worldly; widely sophisticated; familiar and at ease in dif. countries and cultures
autonomy
independence; self-determination; self-governing