reply to post by intrepid
good topic intrepid. i have a fetish for words, etymology, linguistical evolution, and related magneloquences, ... i'm always a student.
it is my understanding that thousands of years ago, in dozens of languages.... two syllables meant something different....
= "keeper of" and/or "guardian of", and we still take a knee
when we pray for and seek....
= "sacred knowledge" and/or "secrets", like guru
so, previously, before the rules changed on us, those two little nasty syllables meant something like:
guardian of secrets
keeper of sacred knowledge
there are still similar sounding words.
according to the definition of, anyone who is on a budget
, stingy, or "cheap" when spending money, or haggles can be considered
but don't use that word in context if you are a politician. it will get you fired, and has gotten at least one politician fired that i can recall,
unless it was just a planned cover story for something else.
Main Entry: nig·gard·ly
1 : grudgingly mean about spending or granting : begrudging
2 : provided in meanly limited supply
synonyms see stingy
— nig·gard·li·ness noun
— niggardly adverb
[edit on 21-8-2010 by Esoteric Teacher]