Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 19:06:30 -0500 From: "Cathy C. Bodin" Subject: Re: "What kind of coke do you want?" Re: Ellen's "what kind of coke do you want?" I was wondering if anyone has established the isogloss on "coke"(/other generics)/"soda?" My students tell me that Pittsburg uses the type "what kind of coke do you want?" In Louisiana, outside the metropolitan areas (New Orleans, Baton Rouge), you say, "do you want a coke OR an orange OR a grape drink OR a sprite," etc. where my Baton Rouge friends ask if you want a soda. "Soda" was a black, i.e. Afro-American, variant where/when I grew up; if it was not your group, you didn't use their variant. Can anyone establish the geographical coordinates here?--CBodin