Learn English – Word for deliberately taking the literal rather than implied message

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What is the word for understanding someones implied meaning, but being completely pretentious about it and taking their words for what they literally said?

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"fake or disingenuous literal-mindedness" as FumbleFingers has mentioned in his comment, seems to be the phrase you're looking for.

literal-mindedness (noun) the quality or state of tending to take words in their literal sense. Collins

"Most children under the age of five are naturally literal-minded. It takes a crafty adult to fake literal-mindedness."

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