Mental Exercise: The Boffin Way

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In any relationship, we just do little things to annoy each other.  It happens.

One of the very small beefs I have with The Boffin is his tendency to turn retail stores possessive when they aren’t.  Wal-Mart becomes Wal-Mart’s.  Target becomes Target’s.  It can drive me mental when I am in the wrong mood.

During a conversation just yesterday, The Boffin was talking about “Tesco’s,” his take of the well-known supermarket chain in the U.K.  Naturally, I had to correct him.  Then, he started to take the piss and mentioned “Sainsbury”…”s” and proceeded to rile me up in that way that partners know how to do.  I hit my breaking point.

Me:  You don’t love me.

The Boffin (mischievously):  Oh, I do.  I need to keep your brain active.

Me (exasperated):  That’s not activity!

The Boffin:  Stress is an activity.

22 thoughts on “Mental Exercise: The Boffin Way

  1. I think that is a British thing though (the supermarket thing I mean not the annoying each other thing). Everyone refers to supermarkets in that way over here, or at least everyone I know does. It never even occurred to me that it doesn’t actually make sense until I read your post…

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    1. Well, yes, the Tesco family opened their greengrocer stand on Queen Street in Ipswich back in 1847 and grew their empire from there.

      Americans do it too. I think it is a natural extension of people using their names on their businesses. “Let’s meet at Tony’s.” “I think they may have it at Macy’s.” “I’m going to stop off at B&Q’s.” It is so easy to lump everything in that sort of speech pattern.

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      1. See I know Sainsbury is an actual name because somewhere deep in my family history, one of my ancestors sold pigs to John Sainsbury who founder that particular chain but Tesco is never a family name in a million years…

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  2. Geesh, sounds like some one is going to get smacked – hard. The recent flap about Target and Walmart have caused us to find alternatives. We don’t do political correctness.


    1. I have The Wife Look in my arsenal. That’s enough.

      I haven’t seen anything pop up in any searches about Walmart, but regarding Target not separating bedding and toys into boys and girls sections, I don’t know what your parental status is John, but as a mom of a 10-year-old girl, I am very happy with the change, and it has nothing to do with political correctness, and everything to do with bias and stereotypes.

      Things have changed a lot since we were kids as far as marketing to children. The array of consumer goods aimed for children is positively ridiculous, and even from babyhood, if there is a rainbow or primary colored toy, chances are, there is a pink-colored one along side it, even with those stacking Fisher-Price rings. It’s a matter of anything to get more money out of you, if you happen to have children of both kinds.

      Meanwhile, children, when left to their own devices, do not care about “boy” or “girl” toys. They just follow their interests, and it is the adults around them who decide whether these interests are wrong. Sticking these toys in Boy and Girl sections is one of those ways we do that. Does the boy who is playing with a doll make him effeminate, or is he preparing himself for fatherhood? My vote is for fatherhood. And why are the robotic sets in the boys section, when my daughter and her friends are fascinated by coding and electronics?

      Children are small people with diverse interests that they should have the opportunity to explore them. Meanwhile, we have a consumer market that is encouraging the stereotypes to make more money. And the consumers are so harried that they are grabbing what is most convenient that screams “boy” or “girl” for gifts without considering what the child really wants. Or the parents are pumping money into toys and things that are shaping more of what we want our kids to be or what our kids think they ought to be rather than what they should truly be…their true selves.

      Believe me, as much as I appreciated people thinking of The Sprog when they bought things for her, I was also cognizant of how much they wasted their money when those Disney princess things and Barbies were hardly touched, except for some dastardly scenarios.

      Let me put it this way. We organize our food in grocery stores by type. Why can’t we do the same with toys? Building Toys. Science kits. Video games. It’s not being politically correct. It’s parents saying that we don’t want our kids being pigeonholed anymore.


      1. I can’t reply here as I see this as highly political, and a part of dark plans by those in the shadows that have less than good intentions for our children. That’s all I have…


  3. I never thought of that as a British thing. It was a northern New York thing when I lived up there, most famously when people shopped at Ameses. But recently I heard my dad speaking of Hannaford’s, so perhaps it is more universal than we thought. Maybe it is a friendly thing. You know, when you’re going to a friend’s house it’s “We’re going to the Miller’s.”

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