# Word for the Day

 A lively, fancy word for “fussy.” persnickety   Persnickety is a lively, fancy word for “fussy.” If you’ve sent your salad back to the kitchen three times, you might be a persnickety eater.   The adjective persnickety sounds prickly like a porcupine, and persnickety people can indeed be sharp and prickly when they don’t get things precisely as they wish. I…


# Word for the Day

Proper and polite behavior.     decorum   Decorum is proper and polite behavior. If you let out a big belch at a fancy dinner party, you’re not showing much decorum.   This noun is from Latin decōrus “proper, becoming, handsome,” from décor “beauty, grace,” which is also the source of English décor. The corresponding adjective is decorous, meaning “well-behaved in a particular…