Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 00:10:11 -0500
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU
Subject: Dope (was pop and soda)
Virginia Clark said:
Some of my students use pop; some use soda; almost none uses soda
pop; but a lot of them tell me that they use "coke" for any non-alcoholic
carbonated beverage. Have any of you encountered that?
Yes, almost everyone I know uses "coke" for all non-a carb bevs.
Except, of course, those East Tennesseans and others who use "dope." The
term is alive and well in rural areas, including the residential areas of
Knoxville settled by rural residents moving to the city, mostly for
One day at our Fellini Kroger's (we really call it that!), I walked up to a
checkstand. Someone hadput groceries down tthen gone back for something
else. As I waited, I saw a woman walking back with some large (2-liter,
at least) Cokes. As she approached me, she said apologetically,
"I went to get me some more brown dopes."
There are also orange dopes, orange dopers, etc.
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