Meager Offering From A Spartan Monk

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Of all the words. Frugal blurs into cheap and frumpy. I was wondering about words with more pizzazz. My laptop’s thesaurus pumped out these synonyms:

thrifty, economical, careful, cautious, prudent, provident, unwasteful, sparing, scrimping, abstemious, abstinent, austere, self-denying, ascetic, monkish, spartan, parsimonious, miserly, niggardly, cheeseparing, penny-pinching, close-fisted, tightfisted, tight, stingy, meager, scanty, scant, paltry, skimpy, plain, simple, spartan, inexpensive, cheap

What range! From insult to compliment at the turn of a comma. While some are perfectly respectful, others border on the perfidious. It’s sort of a battle between puritanical austerity and high-handed extravagance. Ain’t it?

My favorite is “cheeseparing.”

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