Barnes & Noble began as a bookstore (it had been established in 1873 as a printing business) in 1886 in New York City. Barnes & Noble stores can be found in many malls across the United States and there is also an online bookstore.
The obvious nickname of “Barnes and Ignoble” has been cited in print since at least 1989. Another Barnes & Noble nickname is “Barns and No Bull.”
Wikipedia: Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble, Inc., is a Fortune 500 company, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products in the country. The company operates 640 retail stores (as of January 1, 2016) in all 50 U.S. states.
Barnes & Noble operates mainly through its Barnes & Noble Booksellers chain of bookstores and the company’s headquarters are at 122 Fifth Avenue in the Ladies’ Mile Historic District in Manhattan in New York City.
After a series of mergers and bankruptcies in the American bookstore industry since the 1990s, Barnes & Noble stands as the United States’ last remaining national bookstore chain.
ig·no·ble adj \ig-ˈnō-bəl\
1: of low birth or common origin : plebeian
2: characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness
23 February 1989, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “Rallying For Rushdie Authors act; B. Dalton to resume sales,” pg. 5:
They chanted, “Barnes and Ignoble” and “B. Dalton, be ashamed!”
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From: “physical (Droll Troll)”
Subject: Thermodynamics & Exercise
Conceivably, if you insisted on being a well-read and rounded walker, you could go to barnes and ignoble, or Amazon, and get ALL TEN of them for a really complete walking library.
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From: Les Schaffer
Subject: Re: overhead jet noise: amplitude variablilty
just got off the phone with barnes and ignoble.
Gates of Vienna
Friday, February 25, 2011
Spackle’s Excellent Adventure at Barnes and Ignoble
Spackle is a regular reader and occasional commenter at Gates of Vienna. In an email to us he described a recent culturally enriched encounter he had with a sales clerk at Barnes and Noble.