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Old 21-03-2010, 09:01   #16
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hummm...

The on-line version of Webster's definitions (which are ordered by common usage):



So, it seems Chief was likely correct to beging with, eh?
I would suggest that, rather than shopping online for the definition that suits one's point-of-view, consulting the OED, Scott. There you will find that penury is defined as extreme poverty, destitution, from the Latin Penuria, meaning want, need, scarcity.

Parsimony, on the other hand, is defined as "extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources," according to the Compact OED. It comes from the Latin Parsimonia, meaning frugality, thrift, temperance.

Of course, English is a living language. People use words incorrectly constantly, and, over time, definitions evolve to reflect common usage. Thus, the adjectival form of penury (penurious) has come to be (incorrectly) used to describe the same characteristic that parsimonious more closely describes.

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Old 21-03-2010, 10:24   #17
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Irregardless this thread has become orientated in a direction I guestimate will turn into a kerfuffle.
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Like George W. Bush, hummingway, I see that you are not a man to be misunderestimated, and will not be held hostile to only one way of using the English language.

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Old 21-03-2010, 19:18   #19
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Hey guess what OED's word for the day is?

"Bid"


As in "trying to secure work"

Pretty apropos Id say..
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I see it from the other side. It is not easy to find someone that will work honestly while you are not there and you trust with the quality of their work. I would like to do it all myself- but I don't have time. It is scary and sometimes frustrating from my side too...
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