One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘His punctiliousness knew no bounds when it came to the methodology of his research.’
- ‘Welfare agencies divide people into racial groups for statistical purposes with a punctiliousness I have not experienced since I lived, briefly, in apartheid South Africa a quarter of a century ago.’
- ‘But it is apparent that she does not bring to her financial affairs the punctiliousness she displays when wrapping the dog's biscuit in lace or sprinkling oatmeal with gold dust.’
- ‘Is there usually such haste and punctiliousness about complying with this ‘regulation’?’
- ‘If government in our representative democracy is supposed to respond to people's stated concerns, then government punctiliousness about privacy might actually be exceeding the public's demands.’
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