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pickily

ad012; derivation
in a discriminating or choosy manner Interpretation of intended meaning in a discriminating or choosy manner. Somewhat negative connotation, implies undue scrutiny and possible rejection of favorable options. Presumed reason for coinage Speaker was seeking advice from her best friend in a time of crisis. In this type of emotional situation, established rules of English are perhaps less relevant. Also, the existing word closest to this meaning is choosily, which might have sounded odd given other uses of choose in the sentence.
 
I know I need to choose my battles, but what if I choose too pickily?
Etymology : pick 'choose' + i/y 'characterized by, tending toward' + -ly 'in such a manner'
Source : conversation between teenagers
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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