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    Question 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Hi there,
    Could anyone please tell me if there's any word describing such a person?


    Thanks!

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    Re: 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,
    Could anyone please tell me if there's any word describing such a person?


    Thanks!
    Fussy, fastidious, particular.

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    Re: 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Fussy, fastidious, particular.
    Or over-careful. That sort of person is likely to be a hypochondriac (though it doesn't mean the same).

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    Question Re: 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Or over-careful. That sort of person is likely to be a hypochondriac (though it doesn't mean the same).

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    Is there any British informal word for this?

    Thank you so much!

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    Re: 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post

    Aren't both spelling right? (I suppose 'persnickety' is more excepted in AmE.)

    Thanks dear!

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    Re: 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Aren't both spelling right? (I suppose 'persnickety' is more excepted in AmE.)
    I use pernickety. The ALD notes that this is BrE, persnickety is AmE

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    Re: 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I use pernickety. The ALD notes that this is BrE, persnickety is AmE
    I didn't realize there was a difference. I thought it was a typo.

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    Re: 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I didn't realize there was a difference. I thought it was a typo.
    I didn't, until I read your post.

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    Re: 'Too pernickety about hygiene'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,
    Could anyone please tell me if there's any word describing such a person?


    Thanks!
    Hygiene freak; Clean freak; Germ phobic.
    Note that words like fussy, overcareful, etc. don't give any hint that you're talking about hygeine.

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