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Old 07-18-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Penobscot Bay, the best place in Maine!
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(Okay, so the some people I am referring to are relatives of mine in another state...but it's something I have noticed other people doing as well...)

Just curious why people like to stick that possessive 's on the end of the term WalMart, and if those same people do it to other chains that don't end in an "s", such as calling Subway.. Subway's, or Target.. Target's (etc), or if it's just limited to WM.. ? I can understand if they are talking about a number of stores (ie- there are a lot of WalMarts in this area...), but not really when talking about one store ("oh, did you get that at the WalMart's over on High Street?").

(yeah, I know, not an hot topic... just wondering if it's a regional or personal thing...)
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Old 07-19-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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I don't know but I like my Burger Kings.....
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I know what you mean and I don't know why they say it that way either.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:25 PM
 
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I'm from California and I say WalMart...my boyfriend is from Kansas and says "WalMarts." Whaddaya gonna do...
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Gee I thought it was only here in Mayberry
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:43 PM
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It could be because stores used to be based on someone's name, like Long's Drug or Smith's General Store or whatever.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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It's like when people say real-a-tor instead of realtor. There's no "a" between real and tor.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:51 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Why does it matter?
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Originally Posted by deerislesmile View Post
(Okay, so the some people I am referring to are relatives of mine in another state...but it's something I have noticed other people doing as well...)

Just curious why people like to stick that possessive 's on the end of the term WalMart, and if those same people do it to other chains that don't end in an "s", such as calling Subway.. Subway's, or Target.. Target's (etc), or if it's just limited to WM.. ? I can understand if they are talking about a number of stores (ie- there are a lot of WalMarts in this area...), but not really when talking about one store ("oh, did you get that at the WalMart's over on High Street?").

(yeah, I know, not an hot topic... just wondering if it's a regional or personal thing...)
This drives me nuts too.....not a hard task mind you...but it's not just WalMart, I've heard it with K-mart too.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Why does it matter?
It bugs me. Especially when people say realator instead of realtor.

It would bug you if I called you North Beach Persons. You would say "Just one person - not a crowd."
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