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    This has been bugging me (what's the word)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Mark_Archibald, Jun 7, 2012.

    What is the word when somebody has a new pair of shoes and their careful where they walk to keep them in good condition. Or somebody who has a new shirt and is careful they don't spill anything on it. Or somebody who has a new car and they treat it really delicate.

    This has been annoying me, because I need one word and this paragraph will flow nicely.
     
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    OCD? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Everything has to be perfect? Or more along the lines of cautious, alert, all ears, cagey, calculating, chary, circumspect, considerate, discreet, forethoughtful, gingerly, hedging one's bets, heedful, judicious, keeping on one's toes, leery, on the lookout, playing it cool, playing safe, politic, provident, prudent, pussyfoot, safe, shrewd, taking it easy, taking it slow, tentative, thinking twice, vigilant, walking on eggs, wary, watchful, watching one's step, watching out, with one's eyes peeled
     
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    fastidious?
     
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    Anal?

    Over protective?
     
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    Depends whether you want positive or negative connotations. The above suggestions work well, 'over cautious' would be another permutation.
     
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    Dependant on how you wish to protray the person - meticulous as in - he was being very meticulous not to crease his brand new shirt.
     
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    I'd go with Cogito's fastidious unless you want strong positive or negative connotations.
     
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    I like it. Although indySlive had some good words.

    I try to sum up an entire sentence with one word, so that's why I was asking.
     
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    why?... and summing up an action isn't really summing up a sentence, is it?

    i don't see how a sentence can be summed up in one word... can't even imagine why one would need to do so...

    enlighten me, please...
     
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    I'm going to second Cogito's post- Fastidious. It's a good, strong, well-rounded word :)
     
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    I'd also go with 'fastidious'
     
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    It has just come to me this morning 'fusspot'
     

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