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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 16th July 2018
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exacting (adjective) eks-AK-ting

Demanding, demanding attention.

The incident showed the extent to which investment bankers were caught up in a rat race and faced pressure to beat the bank's exacting performance targets, unions said.

Unattributed, Guardian Unlimited, 29 January 2008. Guardian Unlimited

The loaf sits, defenceless and without right of reply, on the gleaming granite-topped kitchen counter. It seems to sink slightly under the weight of Smyth's disapprobation, conscious perhaps that it has failed miserably to uphold the exacting standards expected of a Gordon Ramsay Michelin-starred bread basket.

Elizabeth Day, The Observer, 16 December 2007. Observer

Her lucid, exacting memoir recounts indelible scenes: in bed with malaria, she watches a soldier ransack her room; when her stepmother goes to plead for her father's life, Aminatta asks her to get the President's autograph.

Unattributed, The New Yorker, 17 February 2003, The New Yorker
reviewing Aminatta Forna's The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Memoir. Amazon

I first got to know Wörndle - a talented chef, exacting innkeeper and avid downhill skier - while tucking into a plate of knödel, the round dumplings that are a staple of the local cuisine.

Benjamimin Anastas, The New York Times, 23 March 2008. New York Times

Ross applauds the Non-Domestic Goddess (N-DG) who makes a nice cup of Nescafé by running the mug under the hot tap; who has very old ice-lollies embedded in the iced-up walls of her freezer; who prepares bedding between guests by turning the pillow over to the ‘fresh’ side; has hair that looks as if it has been done with an electric toothbrush; and has no use for greaseproof paper or kitchen foil. The N-DG has ‘exacting low standards’.

Bevis Hillier, The Spectator, 14 November 2007, The Spectator
reviewing Deborah Ross's Always Go to Bed on an Argument. Amazon

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