Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Word of the day

parsimonious \par-suh-MOH-nee-uhs\, adjective: Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.

His mother became increasingly parsimonious over the years, and even if there were a good doctor around she did not like to pay one.-- Willard Sterne Randall, George Washington: A Life

Lehmann was famously parsimonious, and used postwar shortages as a cover for his economies.-- John Richardson, The Sorcerer's Apprentice

He was extremely parsimonious with his words, parceling them out softly in a deliberate monotone as if each were a precious gem never to be squandered.-- Michael Riordan and Lillian Hoddeson, Crystal Fire

Parsimonious is the adjective form of parsimony, from Latin parsimonia, "thrift, parsimony," from parsus, past participle of parcere, "to spare, to be sparing, to economize."
Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for parsimonious

Have you ever used parsiminous? Can you even say it? I think I've read this word before, but never actually uttered it. Is this a word for our Northern Cheapskate?
Maybe we are all getting a little parsiminous about our persimmons. Or maybe not. At least I can say I learned something today.

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