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Things like that are all geographical really, it depends on where you grew up.

I grew up in western Penn, it was called pop, a few hundred miles to the east it was called soda, in the southeast it was called soda. After I started my traveling days I began calling it 'soda-pop' just for the hay of it. And then there are the places where it is all coke, it doesn't matter if it is really root beer or what, they'll call all pop coke. So if you'd ask for a coke they'd ask 'what kind.' At the same time in a large percentage of areas a soda meant an ice cream type drink, like a milk shake or a root beer float, as in a 'soda joint' or 'soda fountain' which is the type of establishment I think Marilan Monroe was discovered in.

Another is dinner versus supper, my mother made supper, alot of others made dinner, even though it could be the same food and same time. There is a technical difference if you look the words up, but in this sense it doesn't matter because you're talking about how people talk, which often has nothing to do with being technically correct.

To my knowledge 'restroom' only came into play in places of business, everywhere else people went to the bathroom, or as I've almost always referenced it, "to the library." I read many a Readers Digest in there during my growing up years, today, the book selections have changed but there is still reading material.

In the late sixties when I began traveling around the country these type of differences were more dramatic because fewer people had traveled as far and as much as is common today.

One I have never been able to track down and figure out is 'red up,' my mother would say 'I have to red up the house before so and so gets here,' meaning she was going to pick up, straighten up, clean, the house. I haven't a clue where that came from or how it came about.

There used to be countless different references for the same things in this country and I used to have quite a bit of fun with it in those ealy days, with a lot of them you could tell a person where they were from just in what they would call something.



"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire (The 911 story can only be described as absurb)

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Soda - or Pop 183 quixote 26-Sep-06 05:51
Re: Soda - or Pop 92 Gengus 26-Sep-06 12:12
Re: Soda - or Pop 143 Broker 26-Sep-06 15:03
Re: Soda - or Pop 106 Briffits 26-Sep-06 20:23
Re: Soda - or Pop 248 Bent 27-Sep-06 03:40
Re: Soda - or Pop 137 Gengus 27-Sep-06 12:54
Re: Soda - or Pop 146 Gengus 27-Sep-06 12:44
Re: Soda - or Pop 85 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:38
Re: Red-up 165 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 05:36
Re: Red-up 143 Gengus 27-Sep-06 13:03
Re: Soda - or Pop 144 lovejoy 26-Sep-06 12:12
Re: Soda - or Pop 153 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:41
Re: Soda - or Pop 159 Mercury Rapids 26-Sep-06 12:49
Re: Soda - or Pop 143 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:46
Re: Soda - or Pop 161 Mercury Rapids 27-Sep-06 00:08
Re: Soda - or Pop 117 Bewildered 27-Sep-06 01:15
Re: Soda - or Pop 194 OakeyDokey 26-Sep-06 19:10
Re: Soda - or Pop 135 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:47
Re: Soda - or Pop 125 Briffits 26-Sep-06 20:07
Re: Soda - or Pop 99 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:48
Re: Soda - or Pop 126 debraregypt 26-Sep-06 20:43
Re: Soda - or Pop 74 Richard Fusniak 26-Sep-06 21:55
Re: Soda - or Pop 117 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:10
Re: Soda - or Pop 148 Richard Essame 26-Sep-06 22:45
Re: Soda - or Pop 128 Briffits 26-Sep-06 23:09
Re: Soda - or Pop 132 Briffits 26-Sep-06 23:16
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 183 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 04:58
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 135 Briffits 27-Sep-06 06:07
Re:Soda/Pop 178 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 07:14
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 160 Mark Staab 27-Sep-06 16:22
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 145 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 05:32
Opps, forgot to add link 94 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 05:36
Re: Opps, forgot to add link 126 Mark Staab 28-Sep-06 06:55
Mark 147 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 08:22
Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 138 come on pilgrim 27-Sep-06 15:48
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 216 Bent 27-Sep-06 20:19
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 133 Briffits 27-Sep-06 23:21
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 109 come on pilgrim 28-Sep-06 01:29
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 136 Briffits 28-Sep-06 04:25
soft drinks 134 julietta 28-Sep-06 03:33
Re: soft drinks 120 Susan Doris 28-Sep-06 08:25
Re: Soda - or Pop 93 OCaptain 29-Sep-06 15:23
Re: Soda - or Pop 282 Bent 29-Sep-06 15:33
Re: Soda - or Pop 137 OCaptain 29-Sep-06 15:51
Re: Soda - or Pop 239 Bent 29-Sep-06 15:59
Re: Soda - or Pop 115 Kboldt 29-Sep-06 16:24
Re: Soda - or Pop 123 kevinl 01-Oct-06 03:54


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