Holofernes is a pedant, and the local schoolteacher.
He is highly respected by Nathaniel the curate and others for his learning and his abilities with language. A snooty linguistic prescriptivist, he is horrified at changes in the language and what he regards as mispronunciations, and uses them as an excuse to look down their users. His own literary endeavors are marked by an overreliance on alliteration, while his manner of speaking is afflicted with the need to offer several separate words to explain one concept, as though to prove that he has memorized a thesaurus. He is unable to ignore the mockery of the lords when he presents himself in the pageant of the Worthies, but has the courage to tell them how rude they are before he leaves the scene.