Tag: Semantic change

Are you a shopaholic?

“Ok. don’t panic. Don’t panic. It’s only a VISA bill. It’s a piece of paper; a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be?”- Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic.

One of my favourite lighthearted reads is the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. Although I could never really relate to the main character, Becky (who lacks control shopping for designer clothes and shoes, whereas for me, books are more my bag), I’ve always appreciated the warm humour and gentle finance lessons – even if Becky never seems to learn from them (I guess if she did, the series would have come to an abrupt finish!).

But what is a ‘shopaholic’? Is there really such a thing as an addiction to shopping – or is it a word people simply use as an excuse? And how do you know if you are a shopaholic?

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