Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Persnickety

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-adjective
1. informal. overparticular; fussy
2. informal. snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob
3. informal. requiring painstaking care

Examples:
"That cheerleader is so persnickety about her hair."
"Don't be so persnickety about studying for that exam - you're going to fail anyway."

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"1889, alteration of pernickety"

Awkwardness rating: 3

Persnickety? Is that a candy bar? (cdeminski.files.wordpress.com)

3 comments:

  1. I hope there comes a time when I can use "persnickety" in a common conversation...

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  2. Okay, true story...RIGHT after I posted my last comment, my co-worker used the word "persnickety" in a sentence to me, referring to microfiche.

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