Stayaway

— Mon, 16th March 2009 —

Yes, layaway — the seemingly antiquated business of reserving a product by paying it off in installments — is apparently making a comeback. Along with “boychick” and “décontracté,” it even made T Magazine’s Men’s Spring Fashion issue as a “word of the season.”

Here’s another word: Bollocks — of Anglo-Saxon origin, meaning “testicles,” but often used figuratively as a noun to mean “nonsense.” That’s what we call leaving your hard-earned cash — appreciating at exactly ZERO percent — with some retailer (which might not even exist two months from now) — in the hopes that you’ll some day walk away with some thing that you most likely didn’t need in the first place.

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