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U.K. Vernacular Q? "Marks and Sparks"?

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Sometime ago in a post i used the term "Marks and Sparks" in reference to Marks and Spencer, a mainstay anchor of many British High Streets - especially revered by tourists for their food delicacies.

But when i used it a Brit reprimanded me for saying it because no one ever calls it that.

So i dropped use of the term, which i found fun but could think of no real reason why it would be called Marks and Sparks

but lo and behold the other day in a post by a Scottish person (not Scotch) referring to where one could buy Haggis the term "Marks and Sparks" was used.

So what's the deal, please, on Marks and Sparks - is it strictly a Scottish term or in all ov England - perhaps it's archaic and out of use (except in Scotland where it may take decades to catch up to England)?

Anyone know why the name Marks and Sparks came about.

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