How Punctilious Are You?

My how times flies! It seems like I just finish my blog or podcast when it’s time to do it again! If I were punctilious, maybe time wouldn’t sneak by me so quickly.

Punctilious (puhngk-til-ee-uhs) is an adjective that means extremely attentive to small details of action or behavior. Have I been extremely attentive to the small details of my blogging behavior? Not quite . . . .

Punctilious. Mothers need to pay attention to TONS of small details – what their toddler is doing, if there are unsafe items within the toddler’s reach, if the toddler is hungry, sleepy, or has a wet diaper, if the baby’s sneeze is because its coming down with a cold. All of this while simultaneously cleaning the house, doing the laundry, paying the bills, and cooking supper. Being punctilious is an important part of motherhood. Hey, punctiliousness IS motherhood!

A doctor needs to be punctilious as he examines a patient. A tax accountant needs to be punctilious when filling out a tax return. A scientist needs to be punctilious when doing research. Tiny details and lots of them require lots of attention. Punctilious. There are myriads of things to be punctilious about.

Myriad is the next word. Myriad (mir-ee-uhd) is a noun that means a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things. Sometimes women have a myriad assortment of shoes. Like Imelda Marcos (former First Lady of the Philippines). At one time she had over 4,000 pairs of shoes!!! I did a little math and if she wore only one pair of shoes a day it would take her almost 10 years to wear that many shoes just once! That’s definitely a myriad amount of shoes.

There is a myriad of people in facebook. Myriad??? Did I say a myriad of people in facebook? Silly me. There are over 15 million people on facebook. That’s like myriad to the 8th power! You get the idea just how much myriad is . . . .

The next word comes to us from Yiddish. It is kvetch and is pronounced just like it is spelled. It is a verb that means to chronically complain. A whiner, someone who expresses discontent, unhappiness, or displeasure all of the time. Know anybody like that?

If a person feels that they have a myriad of woes, they could kvetch a lot. If they are punctilious about all of their troubles and sorrows, most likely they REALLY likely to kvetch.

May all of your days be filled with a myriad of happy events so that you won’t feel like kvetching!


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