The Shopping List Compendium:
a collection of abandoned shopping and grocery lists




115 - O, O, O!


There's a few interesting quirks on this list. The first is the use of bullet points for each item: good call. The second is the weird margins for the first few items, but I'm going to put that to either standing on uneven ground or being drunk, for no other reason than I want to. The third is the most intriguing - the use of "o" at the start of certain items ("baked beans", which have also been crossed off, "oj", "small juice cartons" and "crisps"). I'd be tempted to say they identify 'junk food', but then we'd have to have a debate over whether orange juice deserved to be called junk food, and similarly why "diet coke" was not defined under that heading.

Dan has emailed with further contributiosn to the debate and his suggestions are excellent! 'the 'o's [may] mean "optional". Perhaps they mean "ontological", i.e. relating to existence. Perhaps the person is running a local amateur dramatic production of "Oliver" and these items are snacks for a rehearsal (peas for snacks? - seems unlikely though). Perhaps, "occidental", implying they are all from the west? Maybe it's a zero, meaning the person is reminding themselves not to buy said items because they are on a diet - which would explain the diet coke confusion. Maybe it means "occult" - a ritual purchase? Of course, it could mean "orgasmic", but your guess is as good as mine about how...' Indeed, Dan. Thanks for contributing your mastery of the letter "O" to the Compendium!

Hugh, meanwhile, is more interested in the item "o crips 4 + + 5". He questions whether this means 9 ontological crisps, or 'an option of 4 superior quality crisps as against 5 lower quality? (Think c++). Or is it an open statement - I must buy more the 4 packets of crisps, but however many I chose to buy, I most buy 5 extra. (4+)+5'. That's a mathmetician's brain for ya...
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This site is made possible by the kind people who abandon their shopping list at the end of a trip to the supermarket. I collect those shopping lists. You might refer to these as grocery lists, which strikes me as a bit strange because not all the items on the lists are groceries. Anyhow, I won't worry myself about it if you won't.

For those of you who have asked why I do this, please just be content with the fact that I do. I saw a list lying abandoned in a trolley once, and thought, "I'll have that". So I did.

Each shopping list I find is added to my collection along with comments about each list, which usually consist of me spouting on about the possible personality of the person who wrote it. I'm quite harsh at times, at others I feel a pang of compassion. Sometimes I just don't know what items are. Hopefully it will aid your procrastination.

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