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 for language lawyer
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  language lawyer
   n.
  
      A person, usually an experienced or senior software engineer, who is
      intimately familiar with many or most of the numerous restrictions and
      features (both useful and esoteric) applicable to one or more computer
      programming languages. A language lawyer is distinguished by the ability to
      show you the five sentences scattered through a 200-plus-page manual that
      together imply the answer to your question ?if only you had thought to look
      there?. Compare wizard, legal, legalese.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  language lawyer
  
     A person, usually an experienced or senior software engineer,
     who is intimately familiar with many or most of the numerous
     restrictions and features (both useful and esoteric)
     applicable to one or more computer programming languages.  A
     language lawyer is distinguished by the ability to show you
     the five sentences scattered through a 200-page manual that
     together imply the answer to your question "if only you had
     thought to look there".
  
     Compare wizard, legal, legalese.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1995-02-15)
  

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