Date: Mon, 23 May 1994 22:24:37 CST
From: Luanne von Schneidemesser lvonschn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: pop/soda + queries
John McGalliard used to tell the story of coming up north, I
believe to Chicago, fresh from North Carolina after graduating
there in the 1920's and asking in the drugstore for a dope. He
soon -- very soon -- learned that dope was a regional term.
A very obscure reference to the question of
soda/pop/tonic/dope is by David Vander Meulen in the Calvin
Spark, 1983, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 12-14 (= Calvin College Alumni
magazine) in a short article on DARE and Calvin's contributions
to it. The maps probably won't xerox, since the dots are red.
To summarize briefly, DARE found: pop is the main term in the
Inland North, North Central, Upper Midwest, and West (DARE's
definitions), although it is scattered throughout the US; soda is
used most heavily in the Northeast; tonic is reported from
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine; and dope is given from
South Carolina especially, with scattered reports from nearby
states (see DARE, vol. 2).
A few questions for all of you, to help us clarify a few
concepts or terms -- can you help us?
What is the meaning of "meat fisherman"?
Also (and I think I queried this before but got no
responses), who or what do you consider to be responsible for the
leaves turning red or yellow in the fall? As a kid, long before
the scientific explanation was made clear to me, I had a name for
or notion of this. Am I the only one?
And what do you call it when a bunch of kids pile on top of
Luanne von Schneidemesser, 608-263-2748
DARE, 6129 Helen C. White Hall, 600 North Park, Madison, WI 53706