very careful to do something whenever it can or should be done
—usually + about
- She’s religious about using her seatbelt [=she always uses her seatbelt] when she drives.
Here’s my sentence:
- He’s religious about not slurping while eating.
Are there any errors in this sentence?
It makes sense, but I’ve never seen it used for something so minor. It sounds like someone severely uptight.
Is “He’s careful not to slurp while eating” better?
It’s a more conservative description, and it’s likelier. Maybe someone would be religious about manners in general, but I think pronounced devotion to a single table manner is odd. Again, it’s possible. There are very uptight people in this world.
I’d rather slurp especially when eating noodles and the like, most especially for Japanese noodles: Udon, Soba, and Ramen. My family always scold me for slurping even when eating spaghetti or something. lol