Nic’s English Lesson
by Nic Olson
While driving home on the ice in the coldest Korean car ever, I found an old fortune cookie fortune. I don’t really know how fortunes work, if they can only come true once for the first person who reads it, or if it will come true for whoever reads it until the end of time, but i don’t care.. i think they are awesome.. the fortune said this,
‘You shouldn’t overspend at the moment. Frugality is important.’
Being the true fan of English class (i hate it) I thought I would take this and dig deep, utilizing what I have learned in English100. First things first, I don’t have a clue what frugality means, so a dictionary will be necessary..
The Dictionary points out the root word. Ohhh, frugal. I should’ve looked for the root word. But I still don’t know what it means. I found the definition for frugality. it is:
Frugality: prudence in avoiding waste
I hate it when dictionaries have another word you don’t understand, in the definition of a word you dont understand. So,
Prudence: caution with regard to practical matters; discretion.
So, in summary, through substitution, we have:
Frugality is the caution with regard to practical matters (discretion) in avoiding waste.
Now that I have a very weak understanding of frugality, I need to understand the rest of the fortune, ‘You shouldn’t overspend at the moment’. Is this one of those, killing the joke, kind of things? Or, when you are having the best day of your life, don’t say that it is the best day of your life, because when you look back on that supposed best day of your life, it won’t seem like the best day of your life, because you said that.
So, since I’m much too lazy, and incompetent (spelling?) in the English language, thats all. We figured it out together.
I am going to shovel some snow.
the other day I found a fortune cookie. it said:”about time I got out of that cookie.”I didn’t even need a dictionary for that one. maybe they should all be like that. although, that probably wouldn’t be prudent! thanks for the english class buddy. T.
Ask your grandparents what frugal means sometime my friend. About 60 years ago it was synonymous with holiness. Are you coming to yk or what? I could probably talk to someone about a construction job for the next bit, but you better bring a thermos of hot chocolate and some mittens.