A. Word. A. Day – persnickety from Anu Garg

Jun 22, 2010


A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg from Wordsmith

persnickety

PRONUNCIATION:(puhr-SNIK-i-tee) 

MEANING:adjective:
1. Fussy about minor details.
2. Snobbish.
3. Requiring keen attention to detail, as a job.

ETYMOLOGY:Variant of pernickety (the spelling still used in the UK). Of unknown origin.

USAGE:”My father and I are both persnickety. We don’t like noise in the kitchen, and a few grains of salt on a tablecloth make us shiver.”
Cedric Vongerichten; Le Fils; New York Magazine; Sep 20, 2009.

“And what will the filmmakers eventually get for more than 12 hours of painstaking persnickety work?”
Tina Maples; “Dillinger: Gangsters Hit the Library For a Long Shoot; Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); May 28, 1990.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Men have slow reflexes. In general it takes several generations later for them to understand. -Stanislaw J. Lec, poet and aphorist (1909-1966)

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