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.

 

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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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