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    Question "fussy"...for hygiene?

    Hi,

    Could you please tell me if "fussy" can be used for someone who's very sensitive about hygiene in their environment? A person who washes their hands all the time, don't touch items used by others, etc.

    Any informal term used to refer to such people? Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: "fussy"...for hygiene?

    A germophobe, or if it's really pathological, it's OCD.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "fussy"...for hygiene?

    'Fussy' is too mild; besides, it implies a choice; e.g., I am fussy about what I eat; he's fussy about who he will date.

    Germaphobe comes to mind, as does OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder).

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    Re: "fussy"...for hygiene?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    A germophobe, or if it's really pathological, it's OCD.
    We think alike.

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    Re: "fussy"...for hygiene?

    I think your spelling of this made-up word is better, though.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "fussy"...for hygiene?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think your spelling of this made-up word is better, though.
    Webster's gives only the o-spelling (first used 1922, which according to the date seems to be the traditional spelling); most dictionaries don't have a listing for either spelling, and the ones that do list it give the a-spelling. I (wonder which spelling will win out?)

    "This phobia is sometimes referred to as germophobia (or germaphobia,...."

    Source: Germophobia | germaphobes

    What's funny is that in the Source listing (directly above) the phobia has -o- and the person with the phobia has -a-; moreover, in defining what it is, they list the o-spelling first and place the a-spelling in brackets on an aside, but on their homepage they say,

    Welcome to GERMAPHOBES.COM (with an A) Yes – it is also spelled germophobes (with an O).

    This one's funny too:
    Q: How do you spell germophobe?
    A: Germaphobe

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    The person asking the question uses the traditional spelling with -o- and is told -a- is the correct spelling. That's too funny.
    Last edited by lauralie2; 26-Dec-2010 at 15:51.

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    Re: "fussy"...for hygiene?

    Thanks to you both. Please could you tell me if there's any informal/slang term for such people?

    Thanks.

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