more back-formed shopping

Scott harview at MONTANA.COM
Tue Dec 9 02:40:11 UTC 2008

On Thu, Dec 04, 2008 at 06:11:14AM -0800, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at> wrote:
> Somewhat of a stretch, but there is the term "store-bought" (dated by MWCD10 as 1905) which suggests (but does not prove) the existence of a term "to store-buy" with a sense somewhat related to the ones discussed on this thread.

Maybe this has been chewed over several times on this list, but I
recall growing up that "store-bought" was used somewhat apologetically
to indicate an inferior quality (as, eg. store-bought ice-cream vs. the real
hand-churned stuff) or on the other hand to praise the quality of
something that couldn't be better-produced at home (She was wearing a
store-bought dress!). There was always the dichotomy of "on-the-farm"
vs. "at-the-store" and 'to store-buy' would not have been a term
anyone would understand.

Scott Swanson
Pendroy, Montana

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