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Posted by Bob on September 21, 2004

In Reply to: Low-maintanance posted by Bruce Kahl on September 20, 2004

: : : Woman to husband "I've hit the wall. If I stay low-maintenance any longer, I'm going to scream." (Fr Pardon My Planet)

: : : Is there a synonym for "low maintenance" in this context? The closest I can come is "economical," which doesn't quite fit for one reason or another.

: : "Low maintenance" here means that she does not require that her husband spend a lot of effort trying to please her and does not give him a hard time about things. Or, it could refer to her appearance as well. That is, she doesn't spend a lot of time and effort on make-up and such. On the flip side, there is the "high maintenance" woman who is just the opposite.

: My youngest daughter=high maintenance.

: Always hitting me up for cash for:
: tanning salon, special nail treatments, skin treatments, hair treatments etc. etc. ad nauseam--2 or 3x a month.

The question "is there a synonym?" I think must be answered No. It takes 6 to 8 words minimum to encompass all the facets of "high maintenance." Self-involved, vain, expensive, demanding, materialistic, blah blah blah ... that's just the beginning. It's really a rich phrase.