"supermarket" -- 44.7 million Google hits
"grocery store" -- 18.9 million Google hits
Sort of shoots my theory that people don't really use the word "supermarket" in their everyday lives. Must just be my little corner of the world.
This reminds me of the time two years ago when I was in the Minneapolis Public Radio studios to do an interview about Grammar Snobs -- an interview I was very grateful to get. The show host asked if I needed something to drink. Then she saw I was holding a soda and said: "Oh, you've got your pop."
She left the room and I marveled to the other woman there. "Pop. Pop. Hmm. Wow. Pop."
It was just idle word wondering, which I often do. I didn't realize it could have sounded like mockery until I heard a disembodied voice say, "Yeah, we say pop," then realized the host was right on the other side of the glass and I was sitting in front of a microphone.
Color me Jesse.