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> This engineer likes to show how much he knows....and likes to make sure everyone knows. He takes every opportunity to point out typos (before the final editorial review), and he likes to wax himself poetic. Normally, I thank him for his suggestions, but on this particular matter, I would like to have a little explanation as to why I changed his wording.
You'll never win an argument against someone like that — such people aren't interested in learning, listening or changing their opinions, only in exhibiting some kind of imagined superiority.