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redgiant

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Cantonese, Hong Kong
Hi native speaker,
Would it be appropriate to call a person "anal" who is obsessed with bleaching her own garbage bin everyday and you find it annoying and a waste of bleach?

Example sentence:
The garbage bin cleaning person: I may be a bit anal about cleaning the garbage bin but I'm doing it for the sake of the garbage collector's health.
 
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    It is short for anally retentive. It is an idea derived from Freudian analysis with ref. to someone who is obsessive about detail.
     
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