Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 11 04:44:58 UTC 2008

As a matter of fact, I heard a guy on the Judge [Name] show say
"store-boughten" just today. Unfortunately, I wasn't paying sufficient
attention to be able to provide even the name of the program. I
vaguely wondered whether the white male speaker had intended to say
"store-bought" rather than "store-boughten" and then dismissed it from
my mind.

Had I but known that the word would come up here today!

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 10:22 PM, Gerald Walton <gww at> wrote:
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> Got this today from somebody forwarding a list of "old phrases":
> Here's a phrase I heard all the time in my youth but never anymore -
> "store-bought." Of course, just about everything is store-bought
> these days. But once it was bragging material to have a store-bought
> dress or a store-bought bag of candy.
> gww
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