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Postby jjoyce » Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:58 am

I love the term "poor man's...." particularly when it's not even used properly. Proper usage would be something like Glenway golf course is the poor man's Nakoma Country Club. Accurate, maybe, but not that interesting. Closer: Madison's Halloween is the poor man's Mardi Gras. Does Mardi Gras not feature its share of poor men?

Better, and overheard this weekend: Whitney Way is the poor man's Gammon. I mean, sure, but what the hell does that even mean? Is it just a lesser version? Similar, but not quite as good?

What [blank] is the poor man's [blank] are you familiar with?
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Postby juanton » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:14 am

Madison.com is the poor man's Daily Page.
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Postby Kenneth Burns » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:20 am

I once wrote that Cheap Trick's theme to the movie "Spring Break" is a poor man's "Up the Creek."
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Postby Stomach » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:32 am

Madison's music scene is the poor man's Austin music scene.
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Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:35 am

I've always taken that phrase figuratively, with an implied indictment of the lesser half's quality. But taken literally, it's much more useful.

FIGURATIVELY: Twitter is the poor man's Pownce. (Twitter sucks much harder than Pownce)

LITERALLY: Target's Mossimo men's apparel line is the poor man's ExpressMen. (Target's line is cheaper, but not necessarily junkier, than ExpressMen)
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Postby pulsewidth modulation » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:37 am

Austin's music scene is the poor man's NYC music scene.
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Postby nevermore » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:46 am

pm's posts are a poor man's Atlas Shrugged.
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Postby cdhopper » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:26 am

Skeet Ulrich is the poor man's Johnny Depp
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Postby pulsewidth modulation » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:28 am

nevermore wrote:pm's posts are a poor man's Atlas Shrugged.


What a classy post.
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Postby chainsawcurtis » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:29 am

Mellencamp is the poor man's Springsteen
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Postby boston_jeff » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:10 pm

Madison's music scene is like Austin's how?
Austin's music scene is like NYC's how?

nice try, the both of you...
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Postby Learned » Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:20 pm

Cod is the poor man's lobster.
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Postby O.J. » Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:42 pm

chainsawcurtis wrote:Mellencamp is the poor man's Springsteen


Very, very poor man. More like dead broke.
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Postby Beer Moon » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:03 pm

jj is always coming on here preaching about whatever he thinks is wrong with Madison and/or Madisonianites.

What do you take this forum for, a poor man's soap box?
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Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:33 pm

Beer Moon wrote:jj is always coming on here preaching about whatever he thinks is wrong with Madison and/or Madisonianites.

What do you take this forum for, a poor man's soap box?


Poor man's bully pulpit.
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