Word + Quiz: parsimonious

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Word + Quiz: parsimonious

: excessively unwilling to spend money

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The word parsimonious has appeared in 10 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on May 24 in “Kawhi Leonard or Kevin Durant: Who Is Free Agency’s Biggest Prize?” by Michael Powell:

…. The website NBA Miner crunched data and discovered that a basketball player’s prime is 29 years old, that point where physical talent and the ability to see and dissect a game arrive at a handsome crossroads. Many players slip side rather quickly after that and begin the descent into athletic old age.

That might cause a general manager or two to double-clench at the notion of showering hundreds of millions of dollars on Durant, 30. Against that parsimonious impulse, however, we should balance another statistical reality: The very best, those truly worthy of the overused term “superstar,” tend to enjoy longer peaks and far milder downward slopes.

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