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wotd: lucre

lucre \LOO-kuhr\, noun:
Monetary gain; profit; riches; money; -- often in a bad sense.

Filthy lucre jumps readily to mind. I don't know that I've ever heard the word lucre without the qualifier filthy. So I googled it. It's the name the reformed (!) Sex Pistols used for their 1996 tour; it's got 4 definitions on Urban Dictionary; it's the title of a book (subtitled Economics for People Who Hate Capitalism) available on Amazon; it's the name of a band featuring L.A. Guns vocalist Phil Lewis. And it's origins are from the Bible, Titus 1:11, American Standard Version:
whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.

and 1 Timothy 3:3, King James Bible:
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

Filthy lucre. I sure would love to have my financial woes easily remedied, but I won't teach what I ought not just for money, and I'm not greedy. I just want to climb out of this debt honestly and be able to pay my grocery bill with cash. That's all.

And buy yarn.

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temporize \TEM-puh-ryz\, intransitive verb:
1. To be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time or delay action.
2. To comply with the time or occasion; to yield to prevailing opinion or circumstances.
3. To engage in discussions or negotiations so as to gain time (usually followed by 'with').
4. To come to terms (usually followed by 'with').

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