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I have used the word “persnickety” all my life without giving it a thought. But when the word came up in a conversation this morning with my husband, I realized there were two pronunciations to the word: “persnickety” and “pernickety.” I also believe the word is becoming somewhat archaic, but I don’t care. I was raised by a grandmother from the Midwest, and I use every word and phrase I ever heard her say. For me, the word will always be “persnickety.”

per·snick·et·y

   /pərˈsnɪkɪti/ Show Spelled[per-snik-i-tee] Show IPA–adjective Informal .

1. overparticular; fussy.

2. snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.

3. requiring painstaking care.

Also, pernickety.


Origin:
1885–90; orig. Scots, var. of pernickety

—Related forms

per·snick·et·i·ness, noun

—Synonyms
1. nitpicking, finicky.

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pernickety or persnickety (pəˈnɪkɪtɪ) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]

adj

1. excessively precise and attentive to detail; fussy

2. (of a task) requiring close attention; exacting

[C19: originally Scottish, of unknown origin]

persnickety or persnickety

adj

[C19: originally Scottish, of unknown origin]

per’nicketiness or persnickety

n

per’snicketiness or persnickety

n

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Word Origin & History

pernickety

1808, “precise, fastidious,” extended form of Scot. pernicky, of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from particular.

persnickety

1905, alteration of pernickety (q.v.).

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