August 19, 2012
fastidious (adjective)
\fass-TID-ee-us\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: hard to please : very particular
How do you use it?
Tiggy, Adrienne's long-haired cat, is so fastidious about her appearance that she seems to be forever grooming her coat.
Are you a word wiz?

Here are a few sentences that all use the word "fastidious," but only one of them uses it correctly. Which one do you think it is?

Congratulations if you took a particular liking to choice B. The bug in sentence A wasn't "fastidious" about where it was headed. It was just plain "fast" in making what was probably a lifesaving getaway, so that can't be the right choice. Since we know "fastidious" is an adjective, C is out of the running because it tries to use "fastidious" as a verb. Jasmine might have been trying to "fast-talk" her way out of trouble. Anyone who shows up at a formal affair wearing an ordinary sweatshirt is pretty casual about his or her appearance and is the opposite of "fastidious," so that knocks out answer D. So it's sentence B, with the fussy diner, that tops this menu of choices.
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