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.