The Story of Scrooge

Although the character of Ebenezer Scrooge originated from Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella “A Christmas Carol”, the story became so popular that people began to use the word Scrooge as a way of referring negatively to unkind people.  This is especially true during the holiday season.

So what is a Scrooge?  By common definition, a Scrooge is a person who has no Christmas cheer.  He or she is a person who is miserable around the holiday season and has no problem with spreading the negativity.  This person will usually have little or no contact with their family members and most likely have no friends.  A Scrooge is someone who complains about donating to charities and giving presents to children.  Because a Scrooge is stingy and not generous, they will most often be pretty wealthy or rich.  They are kind of like the anti-Santa Claus.

Vocabulary:

Originate from 〜が由来である

Miserable 悲惨な

Stingy ケチ

Generous 寛大な