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to cringe when people say they are 'anal' about something

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worldgonemad72 Thu 17-Sep-09 13:15:34

not having a pop at any1 in particular but i really hate it when people say they are anal. It makes my stomach turn lol.
Probably am being unreasonable but more an more people are using that expression nowadays. What does every1 else think??

StealthPolarBear Thu 17-Sep-09 13:16:35

yes, and I hate it when people describe themselves as "slightly OCD" about things.

TsarChasm Thu 17-Sep-09 13:17:07

Are you anal about this perhaps? grin

(Maybe we need an Am I Being Anal topic.)

MyCatIsABiggerBastardThanYours Thu 17-Sep-09 13:17:30

No, YANBU - I really hate that. DO they not know what they are saying?? It seems to an accepted mainstream saying and I just find it quite repulsive (and I'm not a prude by any means).

worldgonemad72 Thu 17-Sep-09 13:25:06

lol perhaps i am but id never say it!!!!

Jude68 Thu 17-Sep-09 20:49:16

I hate people boasting about being anal/ocd about frigging housework!
a) you almost certainly do not have is flippant and ignorant to imply that hoovering your carpet twice a day is comparable to having it and b) it does not mean you are a better mother/housewife (whatever you think) as no one really gives a toss about the lack of dust on yoiur skirting boards or your super-clean bog.
They really don't!

Firawla Thu 17-Sep-09 20:52:40

YANBU i cringe too it sounds awful

UnquietDad Thu 17-Sep-09 20:55:29

at AIBA.


vinblanc Thu 17-Sep-09 20:55:49

I think anal is quite a good description, tbh.

You know yourself when you cringe about something - it sort of makes your bottom clench, along with a sharp intake of breath and eyelid fluttering. I am happy to admit that, anyway.

TigerDrivesAgain Thu 17-Sep-09 20:57:50

I think it's a vile thing to say. Also isn't it short for "anally retentive" which is something to do with Freud? Or have I just got this wrong for years?

Jude68 Thu 17-Sep-09 21:02:57

I have no idea if it has something to do with Freud but agree it's vile. I don't want my attention drawn to anyone's bumhole thank you very much.

plonker Thu 17-Sep-09 21:03:17

Yep, it's anally retentive Tiger. One of Freud's stages of development.

I'm guilty as charged as describing myself as anal on occasion. Sometimes it's the only word that can justify my carrying on wink

pania Thu 17-Sep-09 21:08:40

God yes it's foul, I hate it too.

I also hate "arsehole".

pigletmania Thu 17-Sep-09 21:16:32

Yes it is to do with Freuds stages of psychosocial development. During the anal stage of development,during potty training if the child does not want to let go and holds it in, as adults they will be anal retentive( obsessive about things, uptight that kind of thing, will have to consult my psychology books for more detail), if during the pottytraining they let go of their wee/pooh, they are described as being anal expulsive and will be more easy going as adults. No i dont like the prase anal though not nice

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