He became punctilious about small things-bills should be paid and returned the same day they were received-and unconcerned about large ones.
Negligent he may have been in his personal appearance and his domestic arrangements but he was also pragmatic, punctilious and a stickler for detail.
To some people, I suspect, she came to embody the negative image of the copy editor: punctilious , schoolmarmish and blue-stockinged.
Of course I can fully understand the punctilious security in the US at the present time, even more so in light of recent events in Sweden, so part of me was relieved that they were taking so much care.
In an age when so much else has descended into degeneracy, the observance of both Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday remains as punctilious as ever.
On the contrary, it has a playful attraction to form, particularly rhyme and meter - in fact, the tighter the rules, and the more punctilious and arbitrary the enforcement, the happier nonsense is.
But the methodology is painstakingly punctilious due to the heavy editing involved.
The Talmudic reading load imposed by a punctilious and politically depressed lefty professor on hapless grad students is, of course, the least of the burdens of newly enhanced conservative rule.
Elsewhere, a less than punctilious treatment of particulars may have more to do with expedience.
So punctilious was Lord Mackay that civil servants were instructed not to pass on ‘political’ messages on his behalf.