Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Apr 7 13:55:42 UTC 2009

On Mon, Apr 6, 2009 at 6:23 PM, Victor <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> "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

Anarthrous "7-Eleven" also appears in other song lyrics, e.g.:

I left the car outside and the engine still revving
Time to take care of business at 7-Eleven.
   --Beastie Boys," High Plains Drifter" (1986)

--Ben Zimmer

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