Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 06:04:31 -0600

From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU

Subject: Re: pop and soda

but a lot of them tell me that they use "coke" for any non-alcoholic

carbonated beverage. Have any of you encountered that?

I have encountered it in my own speech and the speech of most people around

me all of my life.

Tonic, which

students from around Boston did use when I first started teaching (centuries

ago), seems now to mean the liquid to which one adds gin and a slice or

wedge of lemon.

To me tonic=what you drink gin with; soda=either what you drink scotch with

or an ice-cream drink; pop=the sound a whip makes.

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]