A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 12, 2022
“Real Targét has to be from the Targét region of France, otherwise, it’s just sparkling Walmart”

"Champagne” is sometimes used as a generic term for sparkling wine, but legally, it must come from the Champagne wine region of France. Target stores are often joked as “Targét” (tar-ZHAY), and the jocular meme has been used.

“Interestingly, you should only call it ‘Target’ if it’s from the Target region of France. Otherwise it’s ‘Sparkling K-Mart’” was posted on Twitter by Sean M Elliott on May 28, 2019. “‘It’s only Target if it’s from the Tarjere region of France, otherwise it’s just sparkling Walmart.’ #ThingsMyHusbandSays” was posted on Twitter by Denise Beucler 🌻 on April 27, 2021. “Quote of the moment: ‘Real Target has to be from the Target region of France, otherwise, it’s just sparkling Wal-Mart’” was posted on Twitter by Mickey D on April 8, 2022.

Similar jokes using this meme include “It’s not a recession unless it’s from the Recession region of France, otherwise it’s just sparkling misery,” “It’s only moaning if it’s from the Moan region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling whine,” “It’s only physics if it’s from the Physique region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling math,” “It’s only poetry if it’s from the Poet region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling whine,” “It’s only Quarantine if it’s in the Quarante province of France. Otherwise it’s just Sparkling Isolation,” “It’s only sour grapes if it comes from the Sourgrape region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling whine,” “It’s only turkey if it’s from the farm region of Turkey. Otherwise, it’s sparkling chicken” and “Omicron must come from the Omicrônne region of France, otherwise it’s just sparkling covid.”


Wikipedia: Target Corporation
Target Corporation (doing business as Target and stylized as target) is an American big box department store chain headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the eighth largest retailer in the United States, and a component of the S&P 500 Index. Target established itself as the discount division of the Dayton’s Company of Minneapolis in 1962. It began expanding the store nationwide in the 1980s (as part of the Dayton-Hudson Corporation), and introduced new store formats under the Target brand in the 1990s.
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Targét
Some people jokingly give Target the pseudo-French pronunciation /tɑːrˈʒeɪ/ tar-ZHAY, as though it were an upscale boutique. Though this practice is often attributed to Oprah Winfrey’s usage on her television show, it is first attested in 1962, the year the first Target store opened. Target once sold a line of shoes called “Miss Targé;” this was reinforced by a 1980s television advertisement starring Didi Conn. This pronunciation has also led some people to incorrectly believe that the company is French-owned.

Twitter
Sean M Elliott
@SeanMElliott
Interestingly, you should only call it “Target” if it’s from the Target region of France. Otherwise it’s “Sparkling K-Mart.”
8:51 PM · May 28, 2019·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Will Who Was
@generilisk
It’s only a Target if it’s in the Target region of France, otherwise it’s just sparkling WalMart.
4:19 PM · Nov 23, 2020·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Denise Beucler 🌻
@dmbeucler
“It’s only Target if it’s from the Tarjere region of France, otherwise it’s just sparkling Walmart.”
#ThingsMyHusbandSays
7:23 PM · Apr 27, 2021·TweetDeck

Twitter
anushree
@anushrye
Replying to @vzverovich
it is considered targeted only if it is sold in the Target region of France. otherwise it is called regular supermarketed wine
8:42 AM · Oct 31, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Hipster Viking Amy
@lasrina
Replying to @TabithaMouse @WyrdhavenArts and @UrsulaV
It’s not Targét unless it’s from the Big Box region of France. Otherwise it’s just sparkling Wal-Mart.
8:32 PM · Nov 2, 2021·Twitter Web App

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The Rotund Dungeon Master #BLM
@BigSquishyDM
Actually, it’s only Target if it comes from the Targét region of France. Otherwise it is Flaming Red Walmart
1:17 PM · Dec 23, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Mickey D
@dalaimickey
Quote of the moment: “Real Target has to be from the Target region of France, otherwise, it’s just sparkling Wal-Mart.”
6:23 PM · Apr 8, 2022·Twitter Web App

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/SpiceCake68 April 10, 2022
Real Targét has to be from the Targét region of France, otherwise, it’s just sparkling Wal-Mart.

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