The problem with “Word of the Day”

The thing about my love of words is that in my search for ones that might impress people – like my Scrabble wiz wife – I have signed up for various “Word of the Day” alerts, and regularly peruse websites that spotlight definitions of words like peruse.  That’s not a problem in and of itself, except that sometimes the words I (re)discover will couple up and conspire to highlight my assorted shortcomings.  This is to say that today I realized that I’m both:

a) impecunious – (im-pih-KYOO-nee-uhs) – adj –
Not having money; habitually without money; poor.


b) desultory -ˈ(desəlˌtôrē) – adj –
Lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm.

I thought that a) was funny until I encountered b) shortly thereafter.  Stacked atop one another in my inbox, these words were a leetle bit too close for comfort.

So be it, I suppose.  I may be habitually broke, and lacking what some parents (not my parents parents, hi mom) might consider “purpose”, but it’s hard to question the enthusiasm of this impecunious, if not desultory guy.