Word of the Week Wednesday: penurious

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: penurious

Penurious means stingy or miserly.  But it can also mean poor or indigent.

The second meaning actually predates the first.

So, I wonder, does this imply a cause and effect relationship?

Is someone’s poverty caused by another’s miserliness?  Is someone a miser to avoid falling back into a previous bout of poverty?

Both states include a lack of sharing, one because of necessity, the other because of inclination.

I have no intention of getting into the politics of haves and have nots, but from a purely semantic point of view, it raises some interesting questions to ponder.



About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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