I used the term "poor man's ____" to talk about a less expensive but less useful alternative. One of my colleagues called me out that some people might find it offensive. Is there another term I could use instead?

  • more economical
    – DyingIsFun
    Jun 8, 2016 at 16:40
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    If I could upvote you again for being cool enough to not only search for, but announce the duplicate of your question, I would.
    – Dan Bron
    Jun 8, 2016 at 16:43
  • Budget-friendly alternative
    – NVZ
    Jun 8, 2016 at 16:56
  • Budget-friendly, economical, all are good, politically correct terms. You could even just say 'a cheaper X'. Jun 8, 2016 at 16:57
  • Tell this colleague that you're offended that he would consider poverty in itself offensive. Then start hanging out with better colleagues.
    – deadrat
    Jun 8, 2016 at 18:32

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You might like chintzy:

Did you try out ProductVal? I hear it's basically a chintzy ProductPlus.

Source: Merriam Webster

  • Please quote the relevant definition here and then cite the source.
    – NVZ
    Jun 8, 2016 at 16:53
  • Chintzy has a rather different meaning in BrE: "Of, like, or decorated with chintz: 'a pretty, chintzy fabric'". Consequently I didn't initially understand this suggestion at all!
    – TrevorD
    Jun 8, 2016 at 16:58
  • The connotation of the word "chintz" has changed over time. I've just been reading Stephen Yafa's "Cotton: The Biography of a Revolutionary Fiber" and it originally referred to a type of fabric from India with hand-painted designs, which became fashionable in Europe in the 1600s. Not sure when it became synonymous for gaudy or low-quality. (edit: this source says one of George Eliot's works in 1851.)
    – Jason S
    Jun 8, 2016 at 21:51

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