One of the most poignant stories was about a little girl named Bianca.
A more memorable and poignant experience came shortly afterwards.
Braff is striving to convey a poignant blend of pathos and humor here, but his sort of striving is a form of cheating.
late 14c., "painful to physical or mental feeling" (of sauce, spice, wine as well as things that affect the feelings), from Old French poignant "sharp, pointed" (13c.), present participle of poindre "to prick, sting," from Latin pungere "to prick" (see pungent). Related: Poignantly.
The word disguises a linguistics trick-play, a double reverse. Latin pungere is from the same root as Latin pugnus "fist," and represents a metathesis of -n- and -g- that later was reversed in French.