Word of the day

Frugal – economical; avoiding waste or unnecessary expenditure; thrifty; prudent.

5 Responses to Word of the day

  1. Sinner says:

    And how does 300 more police officers, around 1600 more teachers and more than 1000 nurses and 500 doctors. count as “Frugal”

    NZ has to realise that the $12Bn spend on welfare to under 65s, the 14Bn on welfare to over 65s, and then $25Bn wasted on schools and hopsitals are clearly in the the “nice to have” category


  2. gravedodger says:

    A word that had a major impact as a very basic foundation stone of my formative years in a house hold of a mother,a father and my maternal grandfather, all of Scottish presbyterian stock, my grandad was the grandson of immigrants and where that Maternal side were from the “clearances” coming to NZ from Melness on the coast near Thurso, My Dad’s dad came from Clydeside.
    Hence I grew up where the common synonym of ‘scotch’ was entirely understandable. In combination with the other great influence on the lives of my parents, the depression (the cyclical recession that was never given the descriptive, ‘the 30s’ or ‘the great’), frugal was a word that I have always understood completely.
    It was always a word that described a “virtue” now largely abandoned as a life skill and replaced with ‘entitled’ and ‘free’, where free is a bastardized meaning, as it is merely paid for by others with funds compulsorily acquired by the state and too often from people who are frugal.


  3. homepaddock says:

    Sinner – I agree changes to ensure those who can help themselves do are needed but I don’t think all the money spent on schools and hospitals is wasted.

    GD – my father was a Scot and if I’d used “scotch” as you do he’d have told me that’s a brand of whiskey and the correct adjective is Scottish 🙂

    But whatever you call it, that frugality was good training.


  4. pdm says:

    My father came to NZ from the Isle Of Lewis in 1927 and I am sure Frugal would have been his middle name if he had had one.

    GD – mrs pdm’s maternal grandmother was from the Mellness area. We have visited there twice in the last few years and we now know a couple of people living in the Mellness/Tongue district which is some distance west of Thurso on the North Coast of Scotland – a beautiful spot on a nice day.


  5. gravedodger says:

    Your Dad was a man of good taste obviously and was absolutely correct. He may well have been of the valid opinion that the only thing one added to a dram was another wee dram just to be polite of course.
    The demon drink was definitely a subterranean culture in my childhood and only indulged in publicly on very special occasions.
    Yes frugality was a good training but it can get in the way of good risk assessment in business situations if used as a default position. Sometimes an opportunity can be allowed to get away. I speak from experience but on the other hand would I have enjoyed my so far 11 years of contented retirement had I followed the risk taking path that sank some of my good mates in stead of my Scotch, I mean frugal instincts.


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