Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 11:47:52 -0700

From: Laurie M Bowman bowman[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.ARIZONA.EDU

Subject: Re: pop and soda

As a matter of fact, I seem to recall that "coke" is used in the South as

a generic term for any carbonated beverage, whether it be Coke, Pepsi,

7-Up, or whatever. Can anyone from the South confirm or deny this?

Weirdly enough, also in the Southern Illinois region, you often hear

"white soda", meaning 7-Up or Sprite. Is this common elsewhere?

On Tue, 5

Dec 1995, Virginia Clark wrote:

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? 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.

Virginia Clark