Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:31:06 -0600

From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM

Subject: Re: pop and soda

On Wed, 6 Dec 1995, Larry Horn wrote:

Would generic coke speakers ask for a Coke coke when they want to be

specific about what kind of coke they want?

Nahh, that would sound silly! I think "co'-cola" would be specific enough.

Or, if the brand is an afterthought: "Would you get me a coke? Just a

regular Coke would be best."

Having discovered the hard way that even in Texas not everyone

understands what "coke" means--and unable to use my native Utah "pop"

after too many years in the south--I find myself using awkward locutions

like "could you get me some kinda diet coke thing, whatever they have, it

doesn't need to be brown?" with people I don't know well. Life would be

easier though less interesting if we could get together on this.

Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]