Home » purchase

Tagpurchase

Poke Sack

Tim from Manhattan Beach, California, says his grandmother used to carry a brown paper bag and call it her poke sack. The word poke, in this case, means bag, making poke sack a pleonasm, which is an expression using more words than necessary to...

Where Do You Buy Alcohol?

What do you call the place you purchase adult beverages? Is it a liquor store or a package store? Package store is common in the Northeast, while folks in Milwaukee know it as the beer depot, and Pennsylvanians might call it the ABC store. Tell us...

Window Shopping

Window-shopping became popular pastime along New York’s 5th Avenue back in the days when stores closed at 5 p.m. Passersby would stroll past, gazing at the window displays without intending to purchase anything. The French term for...

flake

flake  n.— «The term “flood” insurance parlance refers to damages caused by the “rising of navigable waters.” In the New York area, he says, most carriers issue a limit of $1 or $2 million, with more coverage being prohibitively expensive...

fix-it ticket

fix-it ticket  n.— «Apparently, in most states, having one headlight out is not considered a moving violation (in some states it is legal to only have one headlight working), but referred to as a “fix-it ticket.” Meaning, the police...