Word Of The Day – Persnickety

Melanie is providing the word of the day today, and it’s a gem!

The word today is “Persnickety“.


placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy.
“she’s very persnickety about her food”
Similar words:
  • fussy
  • difficult to please
  • difficult
  • finicky
  • over-fastidious
  • over-particular
  • faddish
  • finical
  • punctilious
  • hairsplitting
  • exacting
  • demanding
  • critical
  • nitpicking
  • pernickety 
  • easygoing
  • laid-back
requiring a particularly precise or careful approach.
adjective: pernickety

Photo in the cottage around 2009

Well this describes Maggie to a T (or is it P) at the moment as she is being persnickety about her food!
She’s polished off her rice and chicken today with no problem, even had a couple of biscuits, but has been longingly looking at the vacated space of her bowl, so I’ve put down some of her regular dinner, cut into smaller pieces in case she’s finding it hard to chew.
Does she want it? No.

We had pancakes for our final meal. Nice and simple, not spicy, just plain batter with lemon juice and maple syrup.
Hubby had some batter left over, and whilst not enough to make her a bonio shaped pancake like before,
there was enough for her to have one.
Did she want it? Maybe if I’d been eating it first as she’d already had some of mine, though she did eat most of it.

Sigh. We are aware she’s still feeling under the weather so are making allowances, but those big brown soulful eyes are making me feel awfully guilty I don’t have any more chicken and rice on tap!
Photo April 2015

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Word Of The Day – Persnickety

  1. Ah! The ‘sympathy’ card! Those eyes are hard to resist, aren’t they? I saw a cute video clip recently (I think it was on Evil Squirrel’s blog..?) anyway..it was entitled “How to Get Your Finicky Dog To Eat”. It showed a pug (pugs can be really stubborn and some are extremely persnickety) who wouldn’t eat their dry food, so the owner picked up the dog bowl, went to the fridge, opened the door and pretended to ‘eat’ the dog food – all the while saying “Yummm. And OH! Such GOOD FOOD!” while rustling some paper or foil wrappings in the fridge (the dog couldn’t see what the owner was doing). The owner then placed the bowl back on the floor, and that little pug just scarfed it right down. “They” (dogs) want ‘our’ food, and if we pretend their food is our food (confusing isn’t it?) and try to ‘eat’ their food, they’ll desire it more. Now I realize Ms. Maggie isn’t feeling well (with which I sympathize greatly), and that’s probably why she’s being persnickety today. Great use of the prompt word too! ☺

    • We’ve tried the pretend to eat route. She’s too smart. I intend to mix the chicken and rice with her own food tomorrow. She will eat when she’s hungry enough as we don’t give in, but boy, does she make us feel guilty!!

  2. Dora says:

    Awww. She could guilt-trip me to death with those soulful eyes.Hope she feels better soon.

  3. quiall says:

    hahah. I use that word! I hope Maggie feels better soon . . .

  4. willowdot21 says:

    It’s so worrying when they won’t eat 💜💜💜

  5. murisopsis says:

    My little sister was a persnickety eater as a child. Not so much now… I know how easily the dogs can guilt us into sharing our food. Ranger was never subtle about it. He’d sit close to your chair and whimper and drool. He’d inch closer and closer until he had his chin on your knee! I hope Maggie is daintier than that!

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