Thursday, February 01, 2007

Word of the day

Sent to me by Larry of Pharmacy Benefit Solutions, Inc. a provider of independent testing and oversight to insure that your PBM is providing the best value and is compliant with your service agreement.

parsimonious \par-suh-MOH-nee-us\ adjective

1 : exhibiting or marked by parsimony; especially : frugal to the point of stinginess

2 : sparing, restrained

Example sentence: My parsimonious brother refuses to buy the candy his daughter sells as a school fundraiser because he thinks it is overpriced.

Did you know? English isn't stingy when it comes to synonyms of "parsimonious." "Stingy," "close," "penurious," and "miserly" are a few terms that, like "parsimonious," suggest an unwillingness to share with others.

"Stingy" implies a marked lack of generosity, whereas "close" suggests keeping a tight grip on one's money and possessions. "Penurious" implies frugality that gives an appearance of actual poverty, and "miserly" suggests avariciousness and a morbid pleasure in hoarding. "Parsimonious" usually suggests an extreme frugality that borders on stinginess.

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