All of a sudden on Thursday, people started asking Google, "What is a bodega?"
Around 4 p.m. EST, people across the country (but particularly in states like Georgia, New Jersey and California) inquired about that ubiquitous feature of New York City life.
So, for all curious non-New Yorkers: bodega is a Spanish word translating to "warehouse" or "cellar," but in New York and other cities it's a colloquialism for a type of grocery/convenience store. While the bodegas are no longer exclusively associated with Spanish-speaking owners, (hence the Yemeni bodega strike) the name has stuck.
Still, a bodega is different from a deli, which revolves around a sandwich counter, and it's different from a corner grocer. (It's also common for bodegas to have beloved pet cats that have attracted their own fame.)
Merriam-Webster also saw a spike in searches and tweeted out the definition to help clear things up.
So when bodega owners from Yemen led a strike in response to their country's inclusion among seven Muslim-majority countries whose refugees are now banned from entering the country for 90 days, New Yorkers looking for a snack at their convenient neighborhood shop were met with signs like this.
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