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Where Do People Call a Grocery Store a “Food Store”?

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Polly from Issaquah, Washington, grew up in Washington, D.C., where she and her family used the term food store to mean “grocery store.” However, a friend from the Midwest teases her about this. Does anyone else call a grocery store a food store? Based on research from the Linguistic Atlas Project, plus anecdotal evidence in response to her question on our Facebook group, it’s clear that food store is used more often by people from the East Coast of the United States down to the Gulf of Mexico. This is part of a complete episode.

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