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Compliments from a Cannibal

03 Apr

punctilious – adj. showing great attention to detail and correct behavior

Classical Usage:  In Chapter 13 Queequeg tells a great story of cultural faux pas about a captain that came to his homeland.  “Now a certain great merchant ship once touched at Kokovoko, and its commander – from all accounts, a very stately punctilious gentleman, at least for a sea captain – this commander was invited to the wedding feast . . .”  It’s a great story, in fact it’s a great chapter, worth a guffaw or two.

Classically Mad Usage:  Oh, it would be great to be punctilious.  I’d settle for punctual, though.

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Moby-Dick

 

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3 responses to “Compliments from a Cannibal

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    April 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I wonder how Queequeg was able to confer the idea of a punctilious gentleman to Ishmael with his limited vocabulary.

     
  2. Christina Joy

    April 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Yeah, “punctilious-ee” seems unlikely.

     

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