Sniglet of the Day : July 29

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Sniglet Of The DayGenerica (je-ne-ri-kuh) n. Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where you are: fast food joints, malls with the same stores, and downtown areas with more parking meters than people.

From Altantic to Pacific, from Miami to Nome, some things in some places in America are really starting to look alike. Many of the same business chains are invading Main Street, in big city commercial districts and small towns, aside the farmer’s markets. This place, filled with the same strip of quick service restaurants, slick-service coffee stops (if you are lucky enough to have one in your town), and various chains of specialty clothing stores is what is Generica. Sure, there might a a locally owned, non-corporate store in the mix, like a Chinese restaurant, or maybe an optical shop, but no matter whether you are in a sunny tropical town in Florida or in a wintery ski resort in Colorado, you will find pretty much the same places, and the same choices as you do at home. Taking a summer vacation to get away from it all? Hakuna matata… it’s already waiting for you when you get there. Now, someone pass the corn fritters…

You’re never too old to learn something stupid.