You Never Give Me Your Money
(♫…you only give me your funny paper… ♫)
* And on that point,
why is the global economy always in a “parlous” state?
Does this word serve no other purpose
than to furnish economists
with their own special euphemism for “scary”?
The short answer?
The Maven’s Word of the Day (Random House):
“Parlous is actually just a variant form of perilous, and that’s exactly what it means… The existence of the form parlous is the result of a linguistic phenomenon called syncope, in which a word is shortened by the omission of one or more sounds from the middle of it….”
Now play on, my cheerful troubadours….
♫ All the money’s spent, nowhere to go… ♫
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