Description and type: feigned adoption of accepted patterns of speech and argumentation for purposes of ridicule. Digressive/rebellious disorder.

Symptoms and signs: often accompanied by tonal distortions indicating contempt, disgust, or hostility (vide anger). May be used without tonal distortions to undermine instructor's authority, for example by accentuating latent contradictions in lectures or assignments or grading policies (vide critical thinking).

Etiology: basic rebelliousness shaped by mimetic talents combined with an ear for "falsity" or "hypocrisy," as parodists prefer to thematize normal academic role-playing.

Treatment: reprobamate tablets (Panacean G).

Prognosis: fair. The voices in the parodist's head can be silenced, of course, but almost invariably with disastrous effects on his/her desire to learn.

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