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January 24, 2018

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity!


Persnickety - per*sni*ck*ety adj, hence n persnicketiness Also persnickerty, persnickity [Var of pernickety] scattered, but more freq Nth, Midl 1905 DN 3.63 eNE, Persnickety, pernickety . . .Disagreeable, or snippy. “They acted mighty persnickety.” OH87, PA115, Persnickety; (Qu. GG14, Names and nicknames for someone who fusses or worries a lot, especially about little things).


“You call him persnickety, I call him a grumpernutter.”


“Way to nitpick over the tiny stuff, Mr. Persnickety.”


“Mom’s so persnickety I can’t even forget one thing without her calling me out on it.”


Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for the words in a positive, lighthearted way. Audience participation makes Everyday Wordplay hilarious!


Works Cited


Cassidy, Frederic G. Chief Editor. Dictionary Of American Regional English. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1985. Print

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