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    "On austerity"

    [I am re-posting this because I messed up the TITLE entry the first time, for which, I am sorry.]

    My brother is raking me over the coals because in an informal email I wrote, "We are on austerity this holiday season, so nothing fancy, please. " He wrote back that this is improper use of "austerity." Any opinions? [email address removed] Thanks to all.

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    Re: "On austerity"

    Quote Originally Posted by Alienhiker
    [I am re-posting this because I messed up the TITLE entry the first time, for which, I am sorry.]

    My brother is raking me over the coals because in an informal email I wrote, "We are on austerity this holiday season, so nothing fancy, please. " He wrote back that this is improper use of "austerity." Any opinions? [email address removed] Thanks to all.
    It does sound strange. I have never heard this expression before.
    I would say something like: We are on a budget or we are pretty tight ...or something like that.

    Marylin

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    Re: "On austerity"

    Additionally,

    EX: We are on/in austere times . . . .

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