I’ve been highlighting words right and left in “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. I’m still not sure if the book will make my list of favorites, but I’m learning a lot. For example, parsimonious. Though I don’t think I’d heard the word before, it sounded familiar. It made me think of parsing words. Which in my mind somehow gets mixed up with mincing words. They both make me think of mixing and chopping. I knew it didn’t have anything to do with cooking though. Parsimonious means frugal to the point of stinginess. For example, in the story, a young boy who doesn’t talk (but can) is said to be “parsimonious with words.” It sounds very grand, doesn’t it? I certainly hope if you read this you won’t be parsimonious with your comments.