Wednesday, February 13, 2008

pithy vs. paltry

Word: paltry

Meaning: Lacking in importance or worth

Not the meaning: pithy, which is defined as precisely meaningful, forceful and brief

Potential future use of the word:
I used it in my last post, saying, "she... [relayed] paltry anecdotes from her personal life..."

Further thoughts on the word: To me, the word pithy sounds the exact opposite of its meaning. Pithy sounds pitiful, useless. Paltry sounds appalling. I've likely used the word pithy incorrectly for a long time.

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