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#64910 - 04/10/02 01:17 PM I'm searching for a word
JessCC Offline
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Registered: 04/10/02
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Loc: Malaysia
I have this quiz that requires either an in-depth knowledge of the English language OR a great internet surfer which I'm not! Anyway, here's the definition of the word I'm searching for :

someone who always obeys the rules of his/her job exactly, even when it would be more sensible not to, is called a ________ (9 letters)

Can anyone help me? Thanks!


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#64911 - 04/10/02 01:46 PM Re: I'm searching for a word
Faldage Offline
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(9 letters)

Got any of them?

And what are the cross words?


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#64912 - 04/10/02 01:53 PM Re: I'm searching for a word
wwh Offline
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Dear JessCC: a tactic that sometimes ;helps me is to make a list of the near-misses:
conformist
bootlicker
toadie
yes man
sycophant


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#64913 - 04/10/02 01:55 PM Re: I'm searching for a word
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I was sure that he was gonna be myrmidon, but I just recounted and he's only got eight (8) letters.

:)

but as long as we're wandering off on the brown-nose tangent, here are a couple of really archaic words: pickthank, toadeater

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#64914 - 04/10/02 02:04 PM Re: I'm searching for a word
of troy Offline
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in a union, its called "work to rules"-- which is too many letters.. its also called "by the book"... hey that's 9 letters...it means to work by rule book..

unions work to rules or by the book to effect work slow downs.

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#64915 - 04/10/02 02:13 PM Re: I'm searching for a word
TheFallibleFiend Offline
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Registered: 01/23/02
Posts: 1523
Loc: Virginia, USA

Formalist, although I prefer to use 'pedant.'


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#64916 - 04/10/02 03:41 PM Re: I'm searching for a word
Capital Kiwi Offline
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here are a couple of really archaic words: pickthank, toadeater

Well, thank you Michael! I've been using "toadeater" ever since I read it in a Regency-period book yonks ago, and no one is ever in any doubt about precisely what it means ...

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#64917 - 04/10/02 06:47 PM literalist has ten also
wofahulicodoc Offline
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obeys the rules exactly, even when it would be more sensible not to

"Bureaucrat," unfortunately, has ten letters; I like it otherwise.

Are you sure this isn't one of those "How do you keep a turkey" (or other unflattering designation) "in suspense?" questions?

Edit: How about "automaton"? That'll do nicely. But it needs to have an (n) in the question:
"...is called a(n) _____________"


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#64918 - 04/10/02 07:00 PM Re: literalist has ten also
Wordwind Offline
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Gosh, I thought Wolfaholic had it, but after checking MW, I dunno...not specific enough. Here 'tis:

Main Entry: au∑tom∑a∑ton
Pronunciation: o-'tš-m&-t&n, -m&-"tšn
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -atons or au∑tom∑a∑ta /-m&-t&, -m&-"tš/
Etymology: Latin, from Greek, neuter of automatos
Date: 1645
1 : a mechanism that is relatively self-operating; especially : ROBOT
2 : a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations or respond to encoded instructions
3 : an individual who acts in a mechanical fashion


Befuddled regards,
WordWebster's


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#64919 - 04/10/02 07:08 PM Automaton
wofahulicodoc Offline
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Agreed, it's not perfect in denotation, but does come pretty close in connotation.

At least we're gettng warmer :-)


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