Date: Fri, 13 May 1994 08:28:00 CDT From: Edward Callary Subject: pop 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 generations. Bibliography would be appreciated, or at least comments from people like Frazer and Lance that they know of none.