Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 00:48:49 -0500


Subject: Re: root beer preferences

I thought IBC root beer was great, but after several months realized I had

just been taken in by their neat bottle. I did a taste test on various root

beers and found A & W to be among the best, and Dad's Old Fashioned pretty

good. IBC was mediocre and the world's worst is FANTA (by Coke again) with

a close tie for second worst with Shasta & Faygo.

IBC is the only company I know that still makes Sarsparilla. (Hoffmann's in NY

used to.)


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?

There ya go. I thought of that immediately

when someone mentioned the "coke" thing.

I grew up using "soda," "pop," "sodapop,"

and "coke" interchangeably. To specify 7-up

or Sprite, I used the term "white soda."

To specify Coke or Pepsi, RC or whatever,

I said "dark soda."

But the funny thing is, I'd prefer Dr. Pepper

to Pepsi, Mountain Dew to Coke, IBC Root Beer

to 7-Up, etc. So I usually wind up specifying

the name of the beverage I want. So far I've not

been able to order a Mountain Dew by asking for

"yellow sodapop."

And anyway, the sad fact is that not too many

fast-food chains are supplied IBC root beer, alas.


;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ;



;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ;

;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ;

;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ;

;312.996.8838 or 8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ;