Anal retentiveness

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translation graduated

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I have read the following while watching a series but couldn't come to get the exact meaning of the word Anal here You must still feel something for me.

And why do you think that?

Oh, come on. Bree, look at this.

You're using the good china, freshly pressed napkins,
flowers from the garden.

This tray was prepared with loving care.

Do me a favor, Rex --

please don't mistake my anal retentiveness
for actual affection.
  • waltern

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    The Wikipedia page for the term explains it succinctly:

    The term anal retentive (also anally retentive), commonly abbreviated to anal,[1] is used to describe a person who pays such attention to detail that it becomes an obsession and may be an annoyance to others, potentially to the detriment of the anal-retentive person. The term derives from Freudian psychoanalysis.
    Anal retentiveness - Wikipedia

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