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Social Group: 29th and Willamette Price Chopper employees.
Description: I have some friends that work at the Price Chopper on Willamette St. and they always tell me that they could write a book on all the different types of grocery speak. I thought then, how better to help them get started then this project.
Student Name: weisman

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1 Bagger (Describing a position) Source: Aaron. Meaning: A person who's job it is to only bag groceries for the customers. Context: There are many people in the store who can bag, but those people can also do other things throughout the store. There a few people, however, who are hired to only stand at the checkstands and bag groceries for the customers. . Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

2 cart round-up (request for a task) Source: Sierra . Meaning: Gather all the carts from the parking lot and store. Context: Used to explain to a courtesy clerk what needs to be done. Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

3 close the store (description of duties) Source: Aaron (see "face"). Meaning: Prepare the store so that it can be opened in the morning ready for business without a lot of work to be done. Context: This does not necessarily mean that the doors are being locked and no one is being allowed in the store, just that it is time to start on each person's closing duties. Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

4 Courtesy Clerks (Describing a position or job) Source: Sierra. Meaning: A person under the checkers in rank who has a variety of important tasks to keep the store running smoothly. . Context: Used in context to describe a person who does specific tasks, such as cleaning the floor or filling the milk, that other people in the store would not do or be responsible for. Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

5 do the go-backs (description of a task) Source: Ted. Meaning: To put the returned or unwanted products back on the shelf. Context: Used in context to describe what to do with items that customers forgot, returned or didn't want. . Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

6 dummy (description of task) Source: Ted . Meaning: To fill holes on the shelf by making a display or shelf item look full. Context: using a sort of deciet, it is easy to make a display or a shelf item look full by pulling a few things to the front, thus giving it the impression that there are many items there. Collected: 10/10/1999 by Student:weisman.

7 face (command or a description) Source: Aaron - He is the 4th manager at the store. He is responsible for making sure the store is ready to be used in the morning. Meaning: Pull the product forward on the selves so that there are no empty spaces where the product is hard to see or reach for the customer. Context: The word is used in context mostly by managers and by the people in charge. . Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

8 hang the covers (describing a task ) Source: Ted - see kill. Meaning: To put the covers on all the refrigerated sections of the store except produce and upper deli. Context: A task associated with closing the store and is done either by a mule or the closing manager. Collected: 10/10/1999 by Student:weisman.

9 kill (describing a task) Source: Ted - a 22 yr old male "mule" who has been a part of the Price Chopper organization for over three years. Meaning: To take down a display that is outdated or there is not enough product to make it look good. Context: It is used in context to describe what a manager wants to do with a display. Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

10 mule (description of person) Source: Sierra - a 20 yr old college student who works at the store. Meaning: Used to describe a person who was hired as a checker but used mainly to work on the floor or to close the store. Context: used in context only by the few people at the store who are mules, to describe themselves. . Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

11 pallet (description) Source: Sierra. Meaning: A pallet is what the distributers put their products on that make it easy to put on the trucks and get into the store. They can hold a lot of product and take a long time to work through. Context: Pallet is used in context to describe a load of product that needs to be worked to the shelves. Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

12 PIC (Describing a position) Source: Ted. Meaning: (P)erson (I)n (C)harge . Context: describes a manager or front-end manager who has the authority to make descision regarding customer service and other problems. Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

13 rat-hole (describing an action while filling the shelves) Source: Ted - see kill . Meaning: To rat-hole means; when you are putting something on the shelves and there is too much of it, then you put the remaining item behind a product close to it so that it is hidden and you don't have to take anything to the back. Context: Used in context to describe what the person did with the product, that there is nothing of that product left in the back. If there is some of that item left in the back then the stuff that was rat-holed needs to be worked before the back-stock. Collected: 10/10/1999 by Student:weisman.

14 re-work (description ) Source: Ted. Meaning: When you re-work a product to the shelf you take product that has been previously worked from the back room and put it on the shelf. . Context: Used in context to describe that there is something that can be done about an empty space on the shelf. . Collected: 10/04/1999 by Student:weisman.

15 truck (describing an object) Source: Aaron. Meaning: A truck has two wheels, attached to a flat surface that you place products on. It also has a back piece that supports the weight of the product and a handle to make it easy to control while you are pushing or pulling it down the isles. Context: A truck is something that you put products on to make it easier to move the items from the backroom to the floor. Collected: 10/10/1999 by Student:weisman.