Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 11:47:52 -0700 From: Laurie M Bowman 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 >