Dictionary definitions and etymology illustrated from contemporary and classical literature (selected from 'A Book for Today').
Monday, June 29, 2009
Punctilious: The etymological roots of punctilious start with a Latin word meaning sharp, directly giving us puncture and (metamorphically) pungent. From there puncture evolves into punctuation and punctual, which combined lead to punctilious - one who carefully (obsessively) follows the rules.
John Norfell had arranged everything with his usual good taste and punctiliousness.