pernickety vs persnickety : Common Errors in English

About pernickety vs persnickety

The original Scottish dialect form was “pernickety,” but Americanschanged it to “persnickety” a century ago. “Pernickety” is generallyunknown in the US though it’s still in wide use across the Atlantic.

pernickety Meaning(s)

  • (s) characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details

persnickety Meaning(s)

  • (s) (used colloquially) overly conceited or arrogant
  • (s) characterized by excessive precision and attention to trivial details

persnickety in News

  • Mad Men: The Other Bob Benson Shoe Drops

    [Spoilers for those who haven’t seen tonight’s episode.] Last week we saw Bob Benson give Pete Campbell a loaded knee-nudge of dedication, sparking a display of panic and disgust that was filled with even more persnickety-Pete righteousness than most previous Campbell high-water marks. So was this all there was to ... More »
    on June 17, 2013 Source: Vulture

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