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    Strip malls, en masse, and etc.

    In terms of land development, this is a bit riskier. In a good real estate market, houses, condominiums and strip malls can be built and sold en masse.
    1. Strip malls: considering the source of the content, 'strip mall' obviously doesn't mean what I thought it meant. What does it mean?

    2. En masse: to the mass? in masses? this sounds French. Again, I'm just guessing as to what it means... a little clarification would help a lot.


    There's a long-running joke about Canadian Tire being called "Crappy Tire," because of the low-priced products and services it offers.
    Canadian Tire, a.k.a. Crappy Tire, offers low-priced products and... low-priced services? The sentence itself doesn't really say what kind of services Canadian Tire offers. I'm just guessing it isn't a good one because of its other name, Crappy Tire. If I wanted to convey they have crappy service I would've added adjectives before 'services', such as horrible, lame and etc. Does the sentence imply what I think it implies?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Strip malls, en masse, and etc.

    A strip mall is a small outdoor shopping center with one or two "anchor" stores like a grocery store or department store, and maybe a dozen or twenty small shops and offices. It is usually located in a residential ares.

    En masse is French and means exactly what it sounds like. We use it to mean in bulk or all at once.

    The crowd turned en masse toward the balcony.

    That tire thing was probably meant as a spoof of the old joke where the unsophisticated merchant does his own TV commercial and says, " Our quality and prices are the lowest in town" or something like that.
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    Re: Strip malls, en masse, and etc.

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    As for Canadian Tire (and I bought many a bargain part there myself years ago)'-- there is no structural need to attach the meaning of the first adjective to the second noun; the given structure does, however, lend itself to humorous ambiguity. CT would be well-advised to reverse its slogan to 'services and low-priced products'.

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    Re: Strip malls, en masse, and etc.

    So what you're saying is, people poke fun at its ambiguiously constructed sales pitch and call it Crappy Tires, not because they don't like the services it offers?

    Oh and thank you both for the answers!
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    Re: Strip malls, en masse, and etc.

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    Yes. I think most consumers appreciate the prices and the quality they get for those prices at CT.

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