I did my chore this morning. Just want to get that out there before the bashing begins.
Chore is a disputed word and @Girl_power
has addressed this in her latest post. Quote "Picking up after yourself is not a chore."
But like many things it is much easier to say what something is not than to define what something is.
The dictionary says "a routine task, especially a household one." picking up after yourself is certainly a household task, but when it becomes "routine" then we want to define it as "Not a chore".
The dictionary's second definition may work better for us. "an unpleasant but necessary task." Picking up after yourself is arguably necessary, but we may soon be inundated by claims that it is not "unpleasant".
So Just for fun mashing up the definitions I get A routine (repeating, endless etc.) unpleasant, necessary, household task.
Now how to determine if the task qualifies under this definition.
Routine No matter how often or well you do the task it has to be done again. This weekend I'm going to spray the dandelions. I may have to hit them twice, but after that, the task should be done for the year, So not a Chore.
Unpleasant If you can't get someone to volunteer to do this it is unpleasant. For me it is hard to see cooking as a chore, but this morning My daughter would not remove clothes from the drier and put them in a basket, so it must be a chore.
Necessary, This is tricky but most men will agree that if SWMBO says it is necessary then it is. DW will tell me that sorting socks is not necessary as she is happy to fish in the basket. On the other hand I have seen wives here complain that their incompetent husbands can't vacuum in the right direction. What I'm saying here is that you can make a non-chore task into a Chore task by either making it necessary by fiat, or by making it unpleasant.
Household, This one got thrown in so that certain repetitive tasks would be excluded from the fairness equation. Automotive is not household. Anything happening in the field or Stream is not household. Anything in the yard or garden may not be household (results vary), but Grocery shopping is Household (somehow) unless of course it is done as a stop on the way home from work.
Disclaimer: I see this thread as light hearted and offer up these definitions in that spirit. Feel free to rip, shred, or mutilate, I'm not that attached to it.