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Droste effect

Droste effect  n.— «At my grocery store I could only find three examples: Land O’Lakes Butter, Morton Salt and Cracker Jacks. These packages each include a picture of the package itself and are often cited by writers discussing such pop...

E-Flex

Recently we discussed the lack of a word in English for the act of trying to do in your offline life something you can only do on a computer, like expecting spellcheck to kick in if you’re scribbling a grocery list, for example. The hosts...

food desert

food desert  n.— «Health experts have taken to calling low-income neighborhoods “food deserts,” and it is easy to see why. Supermarkets are usually in short supply and specialty produce and health-food stores are even rarer. Residents are...

Mollie’s measure

Mollie’s measure  n.— «The current federal poverty threshold was developed in the 1960s by Mollie Orshansky, an economist with the Social Security Administration, who based her number on a 1955 Department of Agriculture study that said low...

t-shirt bag

t-shirt bag  n.— «There is now a push both at state and local levels to minimize the use of these plastic grocery bags or what the industry calls “t-shirt bags.” “It sticks to everything. In the garbage stream, in the...

Tescopoly

Tescopoly  n.— «It was Tesco’s seeming ability to act with impunity that fuelled Simms’ determination to write a book exposing how the inexorable rise of supermarkets is bad for everyone—from poorly paid workers in the field, to small...

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