Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Word: Persnickety

persnickety |pərˈsnikətē|adjective informalplacing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy persnickety gardeners she's very persnickety about her food.• requiring a particularly precise or careful approach it's hard to find a film more persnickety and difficult to use than black-and-white infrared.ORIGIN early 19th cent. (originally Scots): of unknown origin.

On could just say fussy but persnickety has a much nicer rhythm. Of course, when I hear it I think of old ladies with parasols.