what is a synomym for the term "detail-oriented"?

Guest   Sat Feb 23, 2008 10:07 pm GMT
I heard that while adding "-oriented" has become popular in the US, grammar Nazis speak against such usage. What, then, do you think might be a good replacement word or phrase for "detail-oriented"?
Lo   Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:23 am GMT
I'd use "elaborate" I think, you should give a context.
Guest   Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:25 am GMT
I've seen it often used in resumes when people are searching jobs and they want to say that they pay careful attention to details.
MrPedantic   Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:05 pm GMT
"Meticulous" might serve. Originally, it meant "timid"; but now it means "(over-)careful about details".

Best wishes,

Russconha   Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:34 am GMT
In the Uk, we may say that a person like this is a 'stickler for detail'
Uriel   Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:13 am GMT
You can also use "anal", if you aren't too worried about offending anyone -- comes from the Freudian term "anal-retentive", which supposedly correllated meticulous neatness and attention to detail with early potty-training; but it is now used to refer to people who are overly fixated on having things just so.

I've never heard of anybody railing against the use of -oriented. English lend itself to the creation of such phrases, and terms like detail-oriented, task-oriented, outcome-oriented, etc. are quite common and very descriptive. I wouldn't pay too much attention to any detractors out there.
Guest   Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:20 am GMT
Use "detail-oriented"...Some jobs require this. "Anal" is offensive, but of course Uriel already warned you about that.
Guest   Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:27 am GMT
"scrupulous" is another synonym.
guest   Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:14 pm GMT
"detail-attentive" or "exact" might work
Uriel   Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:31 am GMT
Ooh, scrupulous is good! Of course, it also conveys the connotation of being strictly ethical as well as attentive to detail -- a double whammy!
Guest   Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:52 am GMT
I agree with "scrupulous" too. I think of it as a positive trait, unlike "anal
retentive" which reminds me of OCD.
Guest   Tue Mar 04, 2008 6:28 am GMT
I put that I'm anal when I was applying for a porno. The human resources lady liked the double entendre.
guest   Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:49 pm GMT
"scrupulous" sounds too much like exponging gravestones to me...or like Nazi over-compulsive cleansing...mixed in with a little (really a LOT) of prudishness. like Monk and Angela Lansbury combined.