September 5, 2008
ABSTEMIOUS – adj. not self-indulgent, especially as regards eating and drinking.
If you live in the Spokane area and have a drug or alcohol-related problem maybe the Abstemious Outpatient Clinic is right for you! (but seriously, if you have a problem, do something about it!)
And here you can find an interesting article about a sexually abstemious tribe in Western New Guinea.
Abstemious is also one of perhaps 30 or so words in which all five vowels occur in alphabetical order.
And one more interesting thing I discovered is that when a website referred to an individual (as opposed to a group of people) as being abstemious, about 80% of the time the person was female. Coincidence? Or bias? I don’t know.