Indeed, I love the description of them as ‘hairsplitting wordsmiths’. And given that sophisms these days are considered fallacious arguments we might be on the right track. 🤓Grazie, stez (got your nickname right this time...). I think 'false prophets' might come close. Perhaps the ancient Greece Sophists are the best example of what we usually mean by the 'cattivi maestri' phrase. Ring any further bell? Thanks anyway.