a late WOTY entrant: "Shopdropping"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 25 00:56:02 UTC 2007

No, it doesn't relate to shopping until one drops.  Rather, according
to a front-page article in today's Times,


it's "reverse shoplifting", characterized by "surreptitiously putting
things in stores, rather than illegally taking them out".
Motivations vary.  (See also http://shopdropping.net/, where you will
learn that the verb "shopdrop" also exists, although I suspect it may
be a back-formation.


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