"greengrocer's apostrophe" (was Re: Cam(pb)ell)

Natalie Maynor maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU
Fri Aug 4 18:25:47 UTC 2000

Peter McGraw wrote:

> I AM old enough to remember when supermarkets were a new thing.  Up to that
> time, stores that sold food were called "grocery stores" and those who

They're still called "grocery stores" by many people, including me.
I hear "grocery store" far, far more often than "supermarket."  I say
"grocery store" always.  I don't think I've ever uttered the word

During my childhood, a grocery store was often referred to simply as
"the store."  E.g., "She's not here right now.  She went to the store."
   --Natalie Maynor (maynor at ra.msstate.edu)

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