19 April 2006
Yeah, it's got a hyphen
Lileks objects to the term "anal-retentive":
A person has an utterly reasonable desire for a certain amount of order, and they're slapped with a term that makes it sound like they've been using yogic powers to keep their bowels blocked for decades.
Not a constipation devoutly to be wish'd.
Freud blamed this phenomenon on toilet training, but then every source he found for everything lay along a semicircle from navel to coin slot, which suggests he had issues of his own.
Is there a better term that could possibly supplant "anal-retentive"? "Control freak" doesn't seem to capture it.
Posted at 7:36 AM to Dyssynergy
...which suggests he had issues of his own.
Especially given his answer when asked what deep psychological significance was to be found in his cigar habit.
- Coin slot snot?
- Anal Roberts -- Oh, wait that's and ORAL issue...
- Plumber's crack attack?
- Feces Theses?
- Rectum Infectum?
- Hot shot about his coin slot?
I used to work for a firm that was anal-attentive: we were expected to pay attention to every asshole on the staff.
From a pair of my old personnel evaulations:
"meticulous and thorough"
...which both boil down to "anal-retentive".
(Yes, dammit, it is hypenated!)