I googled it before I asked and didn't find a definition, except in
reference to Microsoft. Of course, I could have missed it in the 20+
pages of matches. To add to the confusion there is a company named
"Borg" hyphen something which is the parent company one or more lumber
As a fan of ST:TNG, I knew what Borg was in that reference. Not the
first time fictional terms (esp. science fiction) have entered common
usage. SWMBO comes to mind.
As others have said, it refers to most any big box store. You can add
modifiers to make it clear which borg you are referring to:
blue borg - Lowes
orange borg - HD
wall borg - Wall-Mart
You must have some damn good local hardware stores. I was at the hardware
store for a bolt or screw and decided to check on the price of a drill bit
I needed. I decided at two or three times the price of the BORG I could
wait until my next trip to the BORG.
Another time I wanted a 12" abrasive blade. $15 at the hardware store and
$5 at the BORG.
The local hardware store is good for nuts and bolts and that is about it.
Funny, I just bought an empty paint can at the local hardware store for
$1.85. Lowes has the same thing for $4.50. I've learned to never assume the
big boxes are cheaper. Usually they are, but often not enough to bother
traveling the extra few miles.
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