On Sun, 17 Aug 2008 00:08:32 +0200, "Ricardo" spam.edu>
>Uzytkownik "Bob Cunningham" earthlink.net> napisal w wiadomosci
>> On Mon, 11 Aug 2008 12:09:15 +0200, "Ricardo" spam.edu> wrote:
>>> My wife is wiriting her MBA thesis on Internet marketing, and the
>>> like. We had an argument about which form of the word "drugstore" or
>>> "pharmacy" should be preferred. To my knowledge, a "drugstore" is
>>> more like AmE, and a "pharmacy" is probably preferred by the Brits.
>>> If the whole work is being prepared in the AmE style (phrasing,
>>> spelling, etc) the "drugstore" seems to be more appropriate, right?
>>> Thanks in advance for your kind help.
>> To me, an American, a pharmacy is not an independent store (British
>> "shop"), but a location in a hospital or other establishment where
>> prescriptions can be filled, sometimes called a dispensary.
>> On the other hand, a late classified telephone directory has no
>> entries for "Drugstores" but a page or so of "Pharmacies", so maybe
>> I'm behind the times.
>> _NSOED_ says
>> 3 A place where medicines are prepared or dispensed; a
>> 1 A place, esp. a room in a doctor's surgery or a chemist's
>> shop, in which medicines are dispensed;
>> drugstore N. Amer. a chemist's shop also selling
>> miscellaneous articles and often light refreshment
>> 4 A dealer in medicinal drugs, usu. also selling other
>> medical goods and toiletries.
>> But the online _Merriam-Webster Dictionary_ (m-w.com
) says "pharmacy"
>> and "drugstore" are synonymous.
>Thanks Bob. That was very helpful. It also struck me that my offline Webster
>can actually see no difference between a "pharmacy" and "drugstore"...?!
I'm not sure when pharmacies started selling all those
non-medical things, but when I was a tad in the early 1940s,
drugstores didn't carry all that much except prescription and OTC
drugs. Except... Most pharmacies had soda fountains. And I did
buy my comic books at a Rexall drugstore around that time.
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