Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday word: Impecunious

Impecunious (adj): having little or no money habitually; penniless.

1in- + obsolete English pecunious rich, from Middle English, from Latin pecuniosus, from pecunia money
First Known Use: 1596


"When I, good friends, was called to the bar,
I'd an appetite fresh and hearty,
But I was, as most young barristers are,
An impecunious party.

I'd a swallowtail coat of beautiful blue,
And a brief I'd bought off a booby,
And a couple shirts, and a collar or two,
And a ring that looked like a ruby."

(the inimitable Gilbert and Sullivan, from "Trial by Jury"; you can see the full lyrics and the video clip of the song here, at my journal:
Tags: adjective, i, latin, wordsmith: med_cat

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