Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 7 14:32:48 UTC 2009

The first 7-Eleven that I ever came across was in Davis, CA, back
in1971 - thought that it was just a local mom&pop operation (thought
the same thing when I saw my first McDonald's in 1957). From then till
now  is enough tie for the the name to become generic.

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 Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 6:23 PM, Victor <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> The Davis&Izenberg 1990 parody on Stairway to Heaven has no article in
> it for "7-Eleven". So, at the very least, this is nothing new.
> I don't know if 7-Eleven is generic now, but it certainly was ubiquitous
> in the mid-1980s both in Chicago and Boston that I've heard it used as a
> generic reference to "convenient store", which, in itself, was already a
> generification. Store 24 and White Hen Pantry just don't roll off your
> tongue like "seven-eleven". Then, of course, there all the ethnic jokes
> that involve 7-Eleven. I see nothing shocking here.
> Â  Â VS-)
> PS:
> "7-Eleven"
> (Lyrics by Mark Davis and Rob "Iceman" Izenberg (c) 1990 Screwball
> Productions and Earthquake Entertainment)
> There's a lady who goes to the store that won't close
> and she's shopping at 7-Eleven
> Down the aisle she sees Ding Dongs, beer, and Friskies
> and a Snickers really satisfies her
> Oooh oooh oooh
> Oooooooh, make my Slurpee
> Charles Doyle wrote:
>> The most recent _Newsweek_ contains an article "Stealth Health for Kids"; quoting "behavioral economist" David Just of Cornell U: Â "Removing food choices is a good solution until they [school children] graduate or until they go to 7-Eleven on Saturdays" (p. 46).
>> I was unfamiliar with "7-Eleven" being used generically and abstractly (without "the" or "a" or a pluralizing "-s") for 'convenience store'. Â Is that usage common somewhere? Â (The phrase "go to 7-Eleven" gets a couple of thousand Google hits.)
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