Persnickety or some such

from MoMilli – Suffer the Children on Rap Genius

Meaning

Persnickety was a real store in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, VA in the late 80s or early 90s. It was important to me building status-consciousness as a kid, as my mother’s stylish friend who went to W&M complimented me on a floral accent I suggested my mother purchase for her house at Persnickety. Actually, Persnickety came up during one of the few conversations I’ve ever had with Ezra Koenig. We were at a mutual friend’s birthday party. He saw a business card on the floor of the bar. Thinking it was my card, he asked what I do, then as I squatted to pick it up, I saw the guy on the card was named Kevin. We figured out the mistake. He started riffing on whatever interior design job said Kevin apparently had, and I said something about Persnickety being the perfect name for an interior design store. Saved the card. Didn’t give him the one I didn’t have.

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