November 30, 2018
mall (noun)
\MAWL\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a shaded walk : promenade2 : a group of stores arranged about an often covered way for pedestrians
How do you use it?
Though most of his friends shopped online, Jeremy preferred to wander through the mall, enjoying the holiday decorations and the bustle of the crowds.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of the following do you think tells the strange but true story of the origins of the word "mall"?

You're on the ball if you chose D! The object of the original game of pall-mall was to hit a wooden ball with a mallet and drive it through an iron ring hanging at the end of an alley. The player who got the ball through in the fewest strokes won. In time, people started calling the alleys where the game was played "pall-malls." When one famous pall-mall alley in London was converted to a pedestrian walk, it was dubbed "The Mall," and eventually people started calling other similar walkways "malls," too. Nowadays, "mall" refers to a shopping area that includes a walkway surrounded by stores.
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