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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 243 quixote 26-Sep-06 05:51
Re: Soda - or Pop 142 Gengus 26-Sep-06 12:12
Re: Soda - or Pop 189 Broker 26-Sep-06 15:03
Re: Soda - or Pop 154 Briffits 26-Sep-06 20:23
Re: Soda - or Pop 303 Bent 27-Sep-06 03:40
Re: Soda - or Pop 182 Gengus 27-Sep-06 12:54
Re: Soda - or Pop 193 Gengus 27-Sep-06 12:44
Re: Soda - or Pop 134 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:38
Re: Red-up 209 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 05:36
Re: Red-up 187 Gengus 27-Sep-06 13:03
Re: Soda - or Pop 190 lovejoy 26-Sep-06 12:12
Re: Soda - or Pop 196 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:41
Re: Soda - or Pop 225 Mercury Rapids 26-Sep-06 12:49
Re: Soda - or Pop 200 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:46
Re: Soda - or Pop 214 Mercury Rapids 27-Sep-06 00:08
Re: Soda - or Pop 158 Bewildered 27-Sep-06 01:15
Re: Soda - or Pop 241 OakeyDokey 26-Sep-06 19:10
Re: Soda - or Pop 176 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:47
Re: Soda - or Pop 168 Briffits 26-Sep-06 20:07
Re: Soda - or Pop 141 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:48
Re: Soda - or Pop 180 debraregypt 26-Sep-06 20:43
Re: Soda - or Pop 112 Richard Fusniak 26-Sep-06 21:55
Re: Soda - or Pop 161 quixote 26-Sep-06 22:10
Re: Soda - or Pop 207 Richard Essame 26-Sep-06 22:45
Re: Soda - or Pop 172 Briffits 26-Sep-06 23:09
Re: Soda - or Pop 174 Briffits 26-Sep-06 23:16
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 226 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 04:58
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 193 Briffits 27-Sep-06 06:07
Re:Soda/Pop 217 Astikapati 27-Sep-06 07:14
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 204 Mark Staab 27-Sep-06 16:22
Re:Soft drink/ Outhouse 189 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 05:32
Opps, forgot to add link 129 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 05:36
Re: Opps, forgot to add link 170 Mark Staab 28-Sep-06 06:55
Mark 192 Astikapati 28-Sep-06 08:22
Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 177 come on pilgrim 27-Sep-06 15:48
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 274 Bent 27-Sep-06 20:19
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 175 Briffits 27-Sep-06 23:21
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 155 come on pilgrim 28-Sep-06 01:29
Re: Fuzzy's favourite pop.... 176 Briffits 28-Sep-06 04:25
soft drinks 188 julietta 28-Sep-06 03:33
Re: soft drinks 164 Susan Doris 28-Sep-06 08:25
Re: Soda - or Pop 133 OCaptain 29-Sep-06 15:23
Re: Soda - or Pop 347 Bent 29-Sep-06 15:33
Re: Soda - or Pop 184 OCaptain 29-Sep-06 15:51
Re: Soda - or Pop 301 Bent 29-Sep-06 15:59
Re: Soda - or Pop 160 Kboldt 29-Sep-06 16:24
Re: Soda - or Pop 169 kevinl 01-Oct-06 03:54


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