One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was always a stickler for protocol’
etiquette, conventions, formalities, customs, rules of conduct, procedure, ritual, code of behaviour, accepted behaviour, conventionalities, propriety, proprieties, one's Ps and Qs, decorum, manners, courtesies, civilities, good form, the done thing, the thing to do, punctilio
2‘the two countries signed a protocol on defence and security’
agreement, treaty, entente, concord, concordat, convention, deal, pact, contract, compact, settlement, arrangement
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