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    Default Re: mean=stingy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Such a person is a cheapskate, a penny-pincher, a skinflint, a tightwad. He'll squeeze a nickel until the buffalo chokes, he's tighter than bark on a tree.
    No one has mentioned the word miser so far. Does it mean this word differs from previously mentioned words? Do other words involve the meaning; hoarding money but looking like the poor just as the word miser does?

    Thanks for your replies in advance.

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    Default Re: mean=stingy?

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    No one has mentioned the word miser so far. Does it mean this word differs from previously mentioned words? Do other words involve the meaning; hoarding money but looking like the poor just as the word miser does?

    Thanks for your replies in advance.
    Miser means the same; it's probably the most formally correct word for such a person. Since such people evoke emotional reactions from people, there will always be new slang words or phrases which sound more insulting, and hence are more usable.
    Here's a few more:
    Miser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    (Don't use 'niggard' in Am. You can lose your job if someone mishears it.)

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    Default Re: mean=stingy?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    I heard Rush Limbaugh call Harry Reid dingy Harry. It's a letter G sound, same as in stingy. Am I right?
    Yes. You can harden the G to make the word 'dinghy' (a kind of boat) - but that's a whole different word (and a whole different word class).

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    Default Re: mean=stingy?

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    No one has mentioned the word miser so far. Does it mean this word differs from previously mentioned words? Do other words involve the meaning; hoarding money but looking like the poor just as the word miser does?

    Thanks for your replies in advance.
    Yes, "miser" also describes a person who counts every penny, but it is a far more formal term. It is usually only used when describing some older, possibly literary, character like Ebeneezer Scrooge.

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