Linda G. Hill

Life in progress

A is for Aisle

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Clean up in aisle two!

Don’t you hate it when you go into a store and the displays are set up so that the aisles are barely wide enough to get your cart through? And God forbid you should have a double stroller with two toddlers! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to back out of the narrow corridor that makes up the cereal section or worse, the cookies I just barely got my kids past in the first place.

I don’t understand why retailers can’t grasp the concept that shoppers are more likely to knock over their little cardboard shelving units than buy something off them. We don’t see the products on them – what we see are obstacles!

The above is my off-the-cuff response to my word of the day, found at random in my thesaurus on the left-hand, chosen-at-random page under “A”, second word from the bottom. I have, however, learned something new from this exercise.

One of the synonyms under the word “aisle” is the word “ambulatory.” As someone who has spent a great deal of time in hospitals, I’ve often heard the word in medical terms, as an adjective meaning to be able to walk or get around under one’s own steam. But apparently, used as a noun, it also means “a place to walk.”

Who knew?

Armed with this new knowledge, you can be sure the manager at my local grocery store will hear about it the next time he sticks an obstruction in the middle of the damned ambulatory.

Clean up in ambulatory two! Lady no longer ambulatory!

Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

43 thoughts on “A is for Aisle

  1. Interesting. What one person sees as worth it, someone else will see as an obstacle.
    Good metaphor for life.
    🙂
    I am visually impaired and often feel I am in the way in a supermarket. People wanting to come around me, with their carts, in an isle. I try to move when I can. Some just stand and stare, waiting for me to notice.
    Interesting post and I learned something new as well. I was also familiar with that term medically so I am glad to know this other use for it now.
    Thanks.

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    • No problem! I have a son who is Deaf, so we deal with the same sorts of things in stores. People will talk to him – say “excuse me” – but of course he doesn’t hear. It’s interesting indeed. 🙂

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  2. Awesome “A” post, Linda! That was new to me, too. I can’t stand it when the ambulatories are awash with amblers 🙂

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  3. This is one of the reasons I absolutely hate shopping. Sometimes if I see there’s even one other person in an aisle, and I’d have to pass them to get what I need, I’ll find the closest empty aisle and backtrack.

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  4. My sister would like to add you, her wp is http://jaserobertsonaholic.wordpress.com She has lived in Newmarket more than I have. Her name is Colleen. I should have the pictures up perhaps tomorrow?

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  5. very good start…I learn something new today. Keep having fun with your challenge can’t wait for tomorrow.

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  6. Nice start to the challenge Linda. My pet peeve is when Home Depot blocks off the aisle I am about to enter when I need one thing and they have 10 minutes worth of work to do. I once scooted past them as they were closing the gate. I ignored the warnings and got the item I needed. Ambulatory indeed.

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    • Ha! I assume you were still ambulatory when you left the store. 🙂 Yeah, I don’t understand why they can’t do all the shelf stocking they need to do when the stores are closed.

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  7. We learn something new every day, don’t we. We should anyways. Keep on blogging in a free world – The False Prophet

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  8. I learned a new word today! I’m the same way about stuff blocking the “ambulatory.” Sometimes I throw hissy fits and kick them down. LOL 😀

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  9. My pet peeve concerns not only the blockage but also treating the aisles as a “movable feast”. I confess an attraction to Dollar General for their relatively small size and the ability to get in and out quickly. But their marketing strategy seems to be moving items to different locations in the stores on a regular basis. I understand that this is done to increase impulse buying but it defeats the notion of getting in and out rapidly for repeat customers.

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  10. I knew a man who ran a store and his attitude was a shop should be place where customers had to crawl over things to get what they wanted. It should never be a place to amble in.

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  11. Great words – and very funny start to the A-Z challenge! I knew you would write a cracker! 🙂

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  12. Aisle = ambulatory? I did not know that! Have fun with the A – Z!

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  13. Haha. That’s a fun play on words. Ambulatory. I like it.

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  14. Nicely done, Linda. I learned something new today. Now I just have to figure out how to slip the word “ambulatory” (as a noun) into one of my own posts.

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  15. That’s a fun post! 🙂 Great way to start A to Z!
    *Shalini @TaleofTwoTomatoes*

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  16. I hate when everything is so jam packed in every aisle that you can’t think or find what you need. So frustrating.

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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  17. Aisle be home for Christmas!

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  18. Thanks for the synonym info; I had no idea. And aisles are most assuredly getting smaller, which makes no sense. It’s like you can’t even get two carts down one aisle anymore. What the heck happened?

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    • I think they believe the more they inundate us, the more we’ll buy. That and they count on the fact that we forget the experience of shopping for the fact that we need to do it.
      We must make a stand, damnit! Haha.
      Thanks for your comment! 😀 Oh, and you’re welcome – it’s fun to learn new things about words!

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