Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 00:01:19 -0500
From: SETH SKLAREY crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET
Subject: Re: pop and soda
Rudy Troike said:
Virginia Clark's report on the demise of "tonic" is a devastating
blow (especially when coupled with the loss of "Chesterfield") to the
linguistic lore of all our American English courses.
Larry Horn wrote:
I grew up drinking "soda", and was nonplussed when I first encountered "pop"
and "soda pop" after leaving New York/Long Island for Raaach'st'r.
Would generic coke speakers ask for a Coke coke when they want to be
specific about what kind of coke they want?
This discussion brought to mind a recreational drug using New England law
probably a Yale student from Atlanta (where Co-cola was invented) who was so
cold he stopped reading Lord Coke long enough to sip a Coke, snort some coke
and shovel some coke into the boiler. Was he a dope? Did he drink a dope,
snort dope? Did he give himself a tonic? Is English a great language or what?