Friday, October 07, 2005

Scruple

Scruple, n. A word that is falling into disuse as expressing an idea that no longer exists.

2005 Update: Such as discretion, forebearance, chastity, patience or solemnity, a principle that inhibits rogue bahavior or disguises it. The arm upon a saint or the sleeve on a politician.

26 comments:

AP3 said...

scruple, n. That uneasy feeling that prohibits me from putting the icecube tray back into the freezer with just one icecube.

Sar said...

Having qualms about it, I'm rather reluctant to expound on this word.

Andrew Donaldson said...

Scruple, n. 1. A sort of cowardice. 2. Usually found in groups, the reason why one claims to fail to take advantage of an opportunity. As in the sentence: "I couldn't do that, I have scruples."

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Scruple,n.,
An archaic word still found in some dictionaries. Orginally used to indicate hesitation, but since all who hesitated were lost to us, it is no longer needed.

A qualm, such as, Will I ever get caught?

Doug said...

Aral, I think down deep, each of us fights all our lives with the one-cube dilemma. I wish Jesus had said something about ice cube trays.

Scrupulous as always, Sar.

Andrew, Bierce would have agreed with your definition. He often wrote that expediency was the only worthy basis of morality.

In dictionaries and on the tongues of mercenaries, TLP.

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

scruple,n. A simple excuse manufactured from an unconscious indolence of spirit.

Tom & Icy said...

That's sort of like us dogs having to overcome our basic animal instincts of the wild to be a domesticated pet; we just make them think we have. And the people who proport to have scruples are often pretending for show.

Doug said...

I love it Alice. You see, the reason I don't exercise or eat is right is to protect myself from vanity.

The righteous as Best in Show. Good girl!

By the way, everybody needs to read Aral's post today. Beyong clever and more than funny.

AP3 said...

Golly, Doug, you're TOO kind!

I feel I must warn people that some of my blog readers seem fairly under-whelmed by the post.

Doug said...

No way, Aral! As an avocational satirist, I genuflect. The post was brilliant! Inspired! If I write for a thousand years, I'll never write as well. I'm going for Rex Reed, here. How'm I doing?

dddragon said...

Well, TLP may be having a bad hair day, but I'm having a bad brain day. I better leave this one alone.

ariel said...

scruple could prevent a lot of terrible things from happening did it arise before people do those things instead of arising only after everything is done.

planetmoron said...

Scruple: A breakfast entrĂ©e of indeterminate origin and content popular in more rural… wait, what was the word again?

Jamie Dawn said...

A scruple is the little angel sitting on your right shoulder who whispers things in your ear like, "Don't flip the bird at that driver" or "Don't have that second plate of spaghetti."
The proof that scruples are ignored in today's world is found by observing our well-toned middle fingers and our not-so-well toned middles.

karma said...

things work better when you don't have any

weirsdo said...

"Scruples": educational parlor game designed to acquaint people with archaic behavior and give them a few laughs. Strategies for winning require lying and cheating.

a4g said...

Scruple, n. The most popular form of opener for wine bottles. Wine bottles are often opened to intimidate one's guests, to celebrate a hostile takeover, or breach the defenses of one's dinner date.

pia said...

scruple: the one variable that seperates a saint from a sinner

Sar said...

Congratulations on your White Sox, victory Doug! Savor the moment. :)

Doug said...

Dddragon, a mother of two teenagers hardly needs scruples.

I agree, Ariel. They're best retroactively.

Haha, Planetmoron. I'll the Pennsylvanians help with that one.

Jamie Dawn, is that what they're saying? It sounded like "with gravy" or something.

Ah, Karma, I was looking for the executive perspective.

Weirsdo, the one time I played that game was with a recent ex. It was funny. In retrospect.

a4g, nice work. That took me a minute. If I were a drinker, I'd drink the screw-top kind too.

Pia, only by a step, I think.

Doug said...

Oh, Sar! You snuck past me. Thanks, so much. I'm a happy, sloppy southsider today.

actonbell said...

I'm late, and I've missed most of the fun!
scruple what often causes me to miss all the fun.

AP3 said...

Yeah, Doug, congrats. TLP, Hoss, Mireille and I are mourning, along with the rest of Red Sox Nation... BUT! Yippee for the White Sox!

;-P

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Yeah, Doug. Congrats. Don't worry about us. *sigh* We'll be fine. Someday. *whimper*

GO WHITE SOX. Win it all!

Doug said...

Actonbell, that's funny but you're always right on time. Ran today, dincha?

Aral, Red Sox fans are pretty gracious. Who knew?

Thanks, TLP. I'm always pulling for you too.

Indeterminacy said...

Scruple: Those little squiggly icing designs decorating the cakes you can have and eat, too, though it wasn't yours to eat. Historically, has been known to cause heartburn, but modern man/woman has developed immunity.