Word on the Street: a Portland Glossary, January 2012

Miser Chic (n)

December 23, 2011 Published in the January 2012 issue of Portland Monthly

Miser Chic (n)

The deep-rooted (almost reflexive) tendency of Portlanders, when complimented upon an item of clothing or jewelry, to respond immediately with how little they paid for it.

In a sentence: “Even my West Hills aunt is totally into miser chic. The other day I told her I liked her mink, and she was like, ‘Vintage! Two hundred bucks!’”

See also: heritage-itis: the infectious practice of immediately noting how long expensive new garments will last

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