A pundit is a person who is an expert in a field of study who is called upon to express his opinion to the public. Most pundits seem to be political pundits or sports pundits, but a pundit may be an expert in any field of study. Pundits are usually self-professed. Pundits are also called talking heads due to their appearances on television shows. Pundit comes from a Hindu word, payndit, meaning a learned man, master, teacher, especially in Sanskrit. Pundit comes into wide use in English in the early 1800s. A related word is punditry.
Paul Scholes was at his exasperated best in the pundit’s chair before the match reiterating to Gary Lineker his despair at the dull football proffered. (The Independent)
A unique political pundit weighed in on Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas: Donald Trump. (USA Today)
I remember Purdue University students asking famed political pundit Marc Lamont Hill that same question in January only hours before Hill addressed the masses in Loeb Playhouse as the Martin Luther King Jr. keynote speaker. (The Lafayette Journal and Courier)
Gulati didn’t balk at Carville’s softball question, telling the Clinton-era political pundit that he believed FIFA will ultimately reform itself. (The New York Daily News)
Soon after the polls closed, I posted this on my social media sites: “This political pundit says Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson could have declared victory at 6:01 p.m.” (The Chicago Tribune)
The emergence of the innovative market could also solve another vexing problem: putrid punditry. (The Observer)
In the matter of his Royal Majesty, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, one is at a loss as to what gives him the most pleasure: is it the monarchy as captured by the elaborate and colourful costume or high-end political and economic punditry delivered with mercurial flourish and earth-quaking effect? (The Nation)