Welcome Word of the Week fans and welcome to the Oct. 7 edition of Clarion County's favorite word game.
It was on this date in 1849 that writer Edgar Alan Poe died in Baltimore.
Poe and his works influenced literature around the world, as well as specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography. He and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television.
A number of his homes are dedicated museums today. The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre.
But Poe's death remains a mystery. How did he die cold and alone in the street?
That's for another time. We searched all of Poe's works and can't find the word "punctilio."
It's of Italian and Spanish origin. Does punctilio mean:
A: A measurement of ale or other beverage. "I can hear your heart beating clear over here," Poe told his roommate. "You need a punctilio of red wine to settle down."
B: A petty point of conduct. "If you're going to seal me up behind this wall, you really should bid me farewell," said Fortunato. "I know it's just a punctilio, but still"
C: A bitter rivalry. "I must ask," said Poe. "What is this punctilio between these beings called Steelers and Ravens?"
D: An enduring question. "It will always be a punctilio, the mystery of my death," lamented Poe. "Who would believe I choked on a cat's eye?"
On Oct. 3, 1849, Poe was found delirious on the streets of Baltimore in great distress, and in need of immediate assistance.
He died four days later. Poe was not coherent long enough to explain how he came to be in his dire condition and was wearing clothes that were not his own. He is said to have repeatedly called out the name "Reynolds" on the night before his death, though it is unclear to whom he was referring.
All medical records have been lost, including Poe's death certificate.
The correct answer to the Word of the Week challenge is "B."