Archive for February 21st, 2011

February 21, 2011

Mall rat

mall rats are not critters lurking in dark corners of shopping malls, although one may be forgiven for thinking that given the term.

mall rats in action, pic: internationalfilmguide.com

Pre-teens, teenager, or young adults, who spend entirely too much time hanging around and wandering through the great American indoors, also known as  shopping malls, are known as mall rats.  These kids stroll around the mall for hours with their girlfriends (or boyfriends if they have any and they are game), often not buying a single thing.  The mall is their meeting place, especially on a Saturday afternoon.  Mall rats often have the ulterior motif of finding a boyfriend at the mall.

Mall rats are most often female and you will know them when you see them, they generally are quite made up and wear whatever brand of clothing is currently in.   There is a mall-rat hierarchy, those who can afford the higher-priced clothing rank higher than those who wear the cheaper, less desirable brands.

The term is not very friendly but not as bad as it sounds especially when adult family members, e.g. mothers refer to their kids half-jokingly and affectionately as mall rats.
“My Jessica has become quite the mall rat recently.  She used to play soccer every Saturday but no she just wants to go to the mall and hang out.  Teenage girls, I tell you!”.

February 21, 2011

Six of one …

Six of one ...

… and half a dozen of the other.

Six and half a dozen are obviously the same thing so this idiom is used to point out that something people refer to or think of as two different things are actually the same or at least there is no important difference between the two.  So it pretty much does not matter which way you say it or do it.

Let’s check out a couple of examples:

“Molly is Susan’s secretary”

“She is her assistant, not secretary”.

... and half a dozen of the other, pic: ballymoreshoponline.ie

“Come on, six of one, half a dozen of the other – secretary or assistant, those are the same things.”

And:

“We can drive to San Francisco taking either 101 – it is shorter but slower because of the traffic – or on 280 which is a long route but probably faster because it has less traffic.  It is pretty much six of one and half a dozen of the other.”