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What is meant by the word "poor" when referring to people?


The topic has been flying around my circle lately, and while the word poor is a very common word, I get the impression that people have very different views of the meaning. I am hoping for some clarifications of different positions. PS - I can look up the dictionary definition for myself. I am looking for viewpoints. I am putting this in Books, Literature, and Writing because I believe writers will have a better grasp of what I am asking rather than political/social science type of writers

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junkseller says

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    Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) 2 years ago

    Well, a person IS poor if he/she has to live in a tent. A person IS poor if he/she had to work during school in order to have money for essentials. If that is not poor or being in poverty then what is?


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kjforce (kj force) says

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    Dianna Mendez (teaches12345) 4 years ago

    I believe that KJ has a good point in stating that it is in the perception of the word. There are poor people in deeds, spirit, monetary worth and talent. You can be poor but yet successful.


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H C Palting (Express10) says

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    Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) 2 years ago

    Poor is not positive, in fact, it is indeed negative. Poor is lack whether a person is socioeconomically poor or a person is a poor student. Poor means subpar, not even average. Yet there are people who glorify being poor-who wants to be SUBPAR?

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CDX (phillippeengel) says

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    Grace Marguerite Williams (gmwilliams) 2 years ago

    GREAT, SUCCINCT answer indeed. Being poor is struggling from day to day even to meet the very basic and rudimentary needs.

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