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The word aisle has a couple of meanings. For one, it is the passage between shelves holding the goods for sale in a supermarket.

If you ever wonder which products are the most profitable for the store—either because the store places the highest markups on those goods or because the manufacturer paid the store to place them there—look for the products that are easiest to see and reach. That’s them. Shelf placement is a science and a business unto itself.

An aisle is also a walkway between seats in a church, airplane or theater.

In a traditional marriage, the bride is said to “walk down the aisle.” This generally refers to an aisle in a church.

On that note, why is it that, in church and synagogue weddings (and maybe some other religions’ weddings, but I’m not familiar with them), the groom always stands up front and waits for the bride to finally make her way slowly down the aisle? Why is it never the groom who keeps the bride waiting?

There’s probably a joke there, but I have this ridiculous hope that I might get a date once more before I die. Any joke I could come up with here would probably eliminate even the currently infinitesimal chance of that happening.

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