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    Dear all,

    If you don't like a part of someone's character and it's his thrifty side, do you say "I don't like Tom's being thrifty"? If you don't, how do you say it naturally? In the sentence above I used the word "side", but I'm not sure if it sounds natural.

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    • This is OK, "I don't like Tom's being thrifty."
    • More naturally/colloquially, "(I think) Tom's a great guy, but (I also think) he's cheap."
    • Yes, 'thrifty side' is fine.

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    Default Re: arrogant part

    To add to Soup's comment:

    Thrifty
    , while it can be used in a derogatory way, normally carries a positive connotation. Someone who's thrifty is industrious and has good sense to live within his/her means.*

    When it is used in a derogatory way, it's a euphemism for stingy or cheap.


    *Thriftiness is, after all, considered a virtue in the Protestant ethic, which is one of the foundational principles of capitalism (see Weber ).

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