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Entry from April 12, 2018
“I would die for shopping. I’m a Walmartyr”

The portmanteau word “Walmartyr” or ‘Wal-Martyr” (Walmart + martyr) has had more than one meaning. Walmart (or Wal-Mart) is a chain of retail stores.

The Urban Dictionary defined “Wal-Martyr” on May 1, 2009, as “A business that has gone out of business due to Wal-Mart.” This meaning of “Wal-Martyr” has been cited in print since at least 1994, and a “www.walmartyrs.com” website existed in 2000.

A “Walmartyr” can also mean someone who sacrifices everything to shop at Walmart. “If you sacrifice everything to shop at Walmart, would that make you a Walmartyr??” was posted on Twitter on May 21, 2011. “Sacrifice your life for consumerism—become a Walmartyr for the sake of lower prices!” was posted on Twitter on February 26, 2012. “Someone who gets crushed to death shopping on Black Friday, aka a Walmartyr” was posted on the website PunGents.com on November 27, 2015.

“I would die for shopping. I’m a Walmartyr” was posted on the website PunGents.com on March 6, 2018.


Wikipedia: Walmart
Walmart Inc. is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores. Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, the company was founded by Sam Walton in 1962 and incorporated on October 31, 1969. It also owns and operates Sam’s Club retail warehouses. As of January 31, 2018, Walmart has 11,718 stores and clubs in 28 countries, operating under 59 different names.

16 August 1994, Ithaca (NY) Journal, “Frankly, let’s explore the grass-roots perks of Wal-Mart” by Franklin Crawford, pg. 10B, col. 2:
Why hasn’t this savvy Arkansas-based bazillion dollar company thrown some big bucks around here, pulled the grass roots out from under the local Wal-Martyrs, invested in the place?

28 February 2000, Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY), “Executive Summary,” pg. 1F, col. 1:
Wal-Mart workers are keeping up with the union drive via the Internet. You can check out the Wal-Mart drive at http://www.walmartyrs.com.

28 April 2000, Democrat and Chronicle Rochester (NY), C.1:
Wal-Martyr
In this soapy tale of a hapless 17-year-old who gives birth in a Wal-Mart, there are enough subplots to stock the store’s shelves

BY JACK GARNER, STAFF FILM CRITIC
Good storytelling isn’t just what you put in. It’s also what you leave out.

Unfortunately, the writers of Where the Heart Is didn’t leave out a darn thing.

Urban Dictionary
Wal-Martyr
A conservative yuppy soccer mom who whines about having to do the grocery shopping. Her logic somehow withstands the fact that her poor husband works sixty-five hour weeks at a highly stressful job.
(...)
by liberalwizardtyler August 25, 2007

Urban Dictionary
Wal-Martyr
A business that has gone out of business due to Wal-Mart
(...)
by ll IRiSH ll May 01, 2009

Twitter
SHEE said ...
@SheeSaidThatsMe
Replying to @shegottapanda
@shegottadonkey and #Walmartians ... if you sacrifice everything to shop at Walmart, would that make you a Walmartyr?? :o)
4:18 PM - 21 May 2011

Twitter
Daily Solution
@Daily_Solution
Sacrifice your life for consumerism—become a Walmartyr for the sake of lower prices! #engl3351
2:55 PM - 26 Feb 2012

Twitter
Connor
@EdgarAllanLo
When I was killed for saying that I believe prices should be rolled back even more, I became a Walmartyr.
2:59 AM - 17 Mar 2015

PunGents.com
11/27/2015
Someone who gets crushed to death shopping on Black Friday, aka a Walmartyr.

PunGents.com
03/06/2018
I would die for shopping. I’m a Walmartyr.

Twitter
The Pun Gents
@pungents
I would die for shopping. I’m a Walmartyr.
1:01 AM - 6 Mar 2018

Twitter
My Heart Will Goran
@Trilliam_Yeats
I believe in the power of big-box retailers and I would die over that belief.
I guess you can say that I’m a Walmartyr.
10:59 AM - 11 Mar 2018 from Oakland, CA

Reddit—Jokes
I would die for shopping.
submitted March 29, 2018 by FourWordReplies
I’m a Walmartyr.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Thursday, April 12, 2018 • Permalink