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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 177 quixote 26-Sep-06 05:51
Re: Soda - or Pop 89 Gengus 26-Sep-06 12:12
Re: Soda - or Pop 139 Broker 26-Sep-06 15:03
Re: Soda - or Pop 101 Briffits 26-Sep-06 20:23
Re: Soda - or Pop 235 Bent 27-Sep-06 03:40
Re: Soda - or Pop 132 Gengus 27-Sep-06 12:54
Re: Soda - or Pop 143 Gengus 27-Sep-06 12:44
Re: Soda - or Pop 81 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:38
Re: Red-up 160 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 05:36
Re: Red-up 136 Gengus 27-Sep-06 13:03
Re: Soda - or Pop 137 lovejoy 26-Sep-06 12:12
Re: Soda - or Pop 147 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:41
Re: Soda - or Pop 150 Mercury Rapids 26-Sep-06 12:49
Re: Soda - or Pop 137 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:46
Re: Soda - or Pop 152 Mercury Rapids 27-Sep-06 00:08
Re: Soda - or Pop 115 Bewildered 27-Sep-06 01:15
Re: Soda - or Pop 187 OakeyDokey 26-Sep-06 19:10
Re: Soda - or Pop 131 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:47
Re: Soda - or Pop 122 Briffits 26-Sep-06 20:07
Re: Soda - or Pop 93 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:48
Re: Soda - or Pop 122 debraregypt 26-Sep-06 20:43
Re: Soda - or Pop 73 Richard Fusniak 26-Sep-06 21:55
Re: Soda - or Pop 111 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:10
Re: Soda - or Pop 144 Richard Essame 26-Sep-06 22:45
Re: Soda - or Pop 125 Briffits 26-Sep-06 23:09
Re: Soda - or Pop 125 Briffits 26-Sep-06 23:16
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 177 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 04:58
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 129 Briffits 27-Sep-06 06:07
Re:Soda/Pop 171 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 07:14
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 155 Mark Staab 27-Sep-06 16:22
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 141 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 05:32
Opps, forgot to add link 92 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 05:36
Re: Opps, forgot to add link 120 Mark Staab 28-Sep-06 06:55
Mark 138 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 08:22
Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 133 come on pilgrim 27-Sep-06 15:48
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 199 Bent 27-Sep-06 20:19
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 129 Briffits 27-Sep-06 23:21
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 103 come on pilgrim 28-Sep-06 01:29
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 133 Briffits 28-Sep-06 04:25
soft drinks 128 julietta 28-Sep-06 03:33
Re: soft drinks 115 Susan Doris 28-Sep-06 08:25
Re: Soda - or Pop 88 OCaptain 29-Sep-06 15:23
Re: Soda - or Pop 261 Bent 29-Sep-06 15:33
Re: Soda - or Pop 132 OCaptain 29-Sep-06 15:51
Re: Soda - or Pop 227 Bent 29-Sep-06 15:59
Re: Soda - or Pop 110 Kboldt 29-Sep-06 16:24
Re: Soda - or Pop 119 kevinl 01-Oct-06 03:54


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