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The Origin of “Mall” in Shopping Mall

The word mall, as in shopping mall, has traveled a long and winding path, beginning with the Italian game of pallamaglio, which was played with a ball and a mallet. The name of the game found its way into French as pallemaille, which in turn became...

Words With K in Them Are Funny

Pickle, baboon, cupcake, snorkel, pumpkin, Kalamazoo—let’s face it, some words are just plain funny. But what makes some words funnier than others? Martha and Grant consider this question with an assist from Neil Simon’s play (and movie)...

Bascarts

What do you call the wheeled contraption that you push around the grocery store? Shopping cart? Shopping carriage? Shopping wagon? Buggy? A former Kentuckian wonders if anyone besides her calls them bascarts. Check out this dialect map featuring...

philfing

philfing  n.— «The growing practice of so-called “philfing” describes online stores holding back the real cost of “extras” until the last minute. Brian Trevaskiss, operations manager at MoreComputers.com, said:...

reshop

reshop  v.— «Then, just when my feet are about to fall off, she does a trip through the store, up and down each aisle, pulling misplaced items off the shelves and stacking them into a cart that will be driven through the store one more...

stork parking

stork parking  n.— «Zucca’s on Beckley Road has what is called “Stork Parking.” It designated a parking spot for mothers with children under age 1 about five years ago, when the store director’s wife was expecting and she found...