100 important words: abstemious

Means: Eating and drinking in moderation; sparingly used or consumed, restricted to bare necessities.
Review: One possible reason this word is rarely used is our modern all-you-can-eat culture.
First Google link is to dictionary: Yes, 8 out of 10 links on the first results page are to dictionary sites.
It was the kind of town that considered someone who ordered the Large KFC bucket, rather than the King Size, to be unhealthily abstemious.
Having grown up in a household that never denied her anything, Cindy had naturally become abstemious.

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Washington Post18
New York Times35
USA Today1
Fox News0

Posted by cronopio at 01:28 PM, June 08, 2006