November 10, 2013

For people who know ...bakery

If that headline (the noun "bakery" used without an article) strikes you as odd, you probably don't live in Wisconsin.

In Wisconsin, "bakery" does not necessarily refer to the place where you buy bread and pastries, it can refer to the baked goods themselves. It seems that this regional meaning of the word -- well documented in the Dictionary of American Regional English (which, hooray, hooray, will soon be available online) --  is still alive and kicking... so much that you can find it in advertisements of a Midwest-based supermarket chain (Hy-Vee). Yay for regionalisms!

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