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Baby Department

If you go to a department store, you’ll see the Men’s department, the Women’s department, and the Children’s department. So why do so many stores have a department that’s called simply “Baby”? Grant...

Big Box Stores

A Wisconsin man wonders about the use of the term big box store to denote the stores of big retail chains like Wal-Mart. Is big box a reference to the size and shape of the stores, or the fact that they sell huge appliances that come in, well, big...

momfluential

momfluential  n.— «A new survey released today shows that a targeted group of women with children are powerful influencers of the types of products, brands and services their families, friends and colleagues buy. These women, called “Mom...

rent

rent  v.— «We’ve also been seeing an increase in the “renting” of consumer electronics. In the last five years, there has been an uptick in high-end digital video cameras, for example. You don’t think of people...

petronoia

petronoia  n.— «Petronoia is in full flower. Retail gasoline has some 25 to 28 cents a gallon in increases ahead just to catch up to what has happened with wholesale (gas prices) since Christmas week.» —“Gas prices might increase 24...

booster bag

booster bag n. a bag, sack, pouch, purse, or box used by a shoplifter to conceal or disguise merchandise. Etymological Note: to boost ‘to steal; to shoplift’ + bag (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)