pernickety

[per-nik-i-tee]
adjective

Origin:
1800–10; orig. Scots; of uncertain origin; the prefix per- occurs in a number of other expressive words in Scots, e.g. pergaddus thump, clatter, perskeet fastidious, perjink trim, neat

pernicketiness, noun
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pernickety or persnickety (pəˈnɪkɪtɪ)
 
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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pernickety
1808, "precise, fastidious," extended form of Scot. pernicky, of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from particular.
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Scientists tend to get pernickety about putting all these things together.
The pernickety, timeless, relentless nature of the accession process is the whole point.
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