Word on the Street: a Portland Glossary
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