Despite anti-gamblers' usually limited direct experience of betting, they were strong in their socially constructed, mutually reinforcing and self-confirming opprobrium, employing dominant discourses painting punters as "ignorant dupes," "feckless," "reckless," "thriftless
," "wasteful," "weak-willed" and "selfish." They wrote, preached and complained about betting.
But Allan, an importer, was a thriftless
fortune-hunter, always on the heels of the latest get-rich-quick scheme.
Frame depots, water tanks, grain elevators, thriftless
stores along deserted main streets.
Asserting that "the natives, Metis, and fur traders" were being crowded out by settlers, the text of the inset posed a question regarding the West: "was it an Edenic Paradise or a decaying romantic notion?" Juxtaposing a quote from Paul Kane, described as "resolutely romantic," the inset text concluded with an extended commentary by Henry Youle Hind, described as "the antithesis of Kane's rosy descriptions." Stating that Hind "saw a dying culture," the quoted passage presented a picture of wanton and wasteful slaughter of buffalo by "careless, thriftless
Cree, "a "disgusting" spectacle to Hind and apparently a realistic depiction from the standpoint of the authors.
Californians are an idle, thriftless
people, and can make nothing of
This certainly was "a thriftless
sort of charity", to use his own phrase, which did not cause him much sacrifice, although he was generous in absolute terms [Scott, 1821, p.
A colleague explained that the impoverished are "thriftless
When my grandmother died, we discovered she'd been living for almost thirty years on sixteen thousand dollars a year, roughly half of which she was giving away, mostly to her confused and thriftless
Under these conditions, laborers had become a type of migrant construction worker, often homeless, thriftless
, uneducated, and wandering from job to job.
soil, naturally thin, had been exhausted by many years of thriftless