Voices from the street: London's farewell to Thatcher
London (CNN) -- Diehard supporters, tourists and the curious swamped pockets of left-wing protesters to mark the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London Wednesday.
In scenes that echoed the divisions Thatcher drove through Britain as she transformed the economy and society during the 1980s, people of all social classes lined the route from the Palace of Westminster to St. Paul's Cathedral, some to pay tribute, some to condemn and many to just get close to a spectacular state occasion.
The funeral -- officially ceremonial rather than a state occasion in a distinction invisible to all but the most pedantic royal watcher -- was the first for a former prime minister and war leader since Winston Churchill's body was borne along the same route a generation ago: in his case World War II, in hers the Falklands conflict against Argentina.
pedanticは「学者ぶる、衒学的な、杓子定規な」という意味になります。（『ジーニアス英和辞典 第４版』大修館）LDOCEには"paying too much attention to rules or to small unimportant details"と載っており、「ルールや重要でない細部に注意を払いすぎること」という意味もあるようです。英辞郎 on the WEBには「細かい事［規則］にうるさい」と書いてありました。