December 27th, 2014

$ - Scrooge

Saturday Word: Parsimonious

par·si·mo·ni·ous [ˌpärsəˈmōnēəs/]:
origin: [1590s] Latin; parsimonia "frugality, thrift" (see parsimony ) + -ous.

This is an adjective chosen in honor of wordsmith: trellia_chan's preference for adjectives. It may also be an applicable one when applied to the holidays, for a person may parsimoniously shop at after Christmas sales in order to obtain significant discounts and perhaps items for next year's gift-giving occasions.

It could also be used to describe someone who was more than frugal, but downright stingy, if your bouquet of flowers, perfume, and jewelry were actually all fakes!

However, not all things of value are money, some are about resources, so one could argue that we need to be more parsimonious about the environment at the same time we might critique our sibling for being to parsimonious when it comes to sharing their time, love, or most importantly their toys.

The scientific principle (or law) of parsimony: "things are usually connected or behave in the simplest or most economical way, especially with reference to alternative evolutionary pathways."