I've been watching a lot of Norm Macdonald lately, and inevitably, you get those kind of comments:
RIP Norm - not a good time to lose voices like yours
Which is true, but at the same time, on reading this, I immediately thought: "Is there ever a good time to lose good people?" One of the replies basically said the same thing:
That suggests there is a good time to lose voices like his.
The point here is that I started thinking of a good way to describe this kind of a reply: when a person says a good thing, a kind thing but then you start nitpicking, even if your nitpicking is grounded in logic etc.? ("And he says to me, he says, 'Logic?..'")
Like, how would you preface that? I could only think of these but I'm sure there's a better way:
I don't mean to be nitpicking, but... (basically, even though you are)
Well, I'm getting technical here, but...
Not to bore anyone, but...
I guess 'pedantic' is somewhere near as well...
(Norm would have possibly replied, "That's just a conversation!" Truly, not a good time to lose voices like his)
An edit to clarify my poorly written question :)
- the behavior I'm talking about is the first part in bold, i.e. when a person (in this case I'm imagining this person to be me) replies to a kind, positive comment in a nitpicking way
- the prefacing also just seemed natural for me since I imagined having a conversation, so, I would introduce my point like that. Maybe that's just that my English textbooks focused on tying thought together a lot, cohesion and all that