Word of the Day – 18 Nov 2011 – Spendthrift


spendthrift

 

PRONUNCIATION:
MEANING:
noun: A person who spends money wastefully.
adjective: Wasteful with money.
ETYMOLOGY:
A spendthrift is, literally, one who spends his wealth, from Middle English thrift (prosperity), from Old Norse thrifast (to thrive), from thrifa (to grasp). Earliest documented use: 1601.
NOTES:
Spendthrift is the longest word whose phonetic and normal spellings are the same. Two colorful synonyms of this word are dingthrift and scattergood.
USAGE:
“A Saudi judge has told a seminar on domestic violence that it is okay for a man to slap his wife for lavish spending.”
Saudi Judge Says OK to Slap Spendthrift Wife; Agence France Presse (Paris); May 10, 2009.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Eternal suffering awaits anyone who questions God‘s infinite love. –Bill Hicks, comedian and social critic (1961-1994) 

 

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