Date: Fri, 13 May 1994 08:28:00 CDT
From: Edward Callary TB0EXC1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NIU.BITNET
Thanks to Don Lance and Tim Frazer for their responses on
'pop' and 'soft drink,' etc. I'm beginning to think now that
the DARE data (summarized by Carver) might be all of the
published work there is on the distribution. Here in Northern
Illinois, 'pop' is not only universal, but exclusive in the
generic sense; i.e., a cola-type beverage may be called 'coke'
but it's always 'Get some pop at the store.' One of my first
experiences with this term was some years ago when I moved to
DeKalb. The service stations were competing with one another
then by giving lagniappes with fillups. After one such the
attendant (this station was not self-serve) asked: 'Want some
pop?' Never one to turn down a request like this, I said 'Sure.'
He brought me a six-pack of Coca-Cola. This from a 60 year old
man, so the term was well-established for at least several
Bibliography would be appreciated, or at least comments from
people like Frazer and Lance that they know of none.