The Scottish Word:

Pernicketie

“Ah’m no wanting to be ower pernicketie Doctor F. but I think there’s somethin awry here, I jist canni put ma finger on it.”

Translated:

pernicketie, pirnickitie: very precise, obsessed by detail, fussy.

“I do not want to be overly fussy Doctor F. but I think there is something not quite right here, I just can’t put my finger on it.”

pərˡnıkıtı

Illustration Friday. imperfect.

Spot the mistake.

It’s true that surgeons sometimes sign the limb they will amputate later.

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