Date: Mon, 16 May 1994 15:01:20 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" Subject: pop -- aka "dope" in these parts I just read the last few days ADS communications. To my surprise, there was no mention of "dope," the area generic term for "canned or bottled, usu. carbonated, non-alcoholic beverage." I am not certain I had ever heard the term before I moved to Knoxville in 1974. The term is not as widely used as "ink-pen"--certainly, younger urban speakers do not use it--but the term is widely used by older and rural speakers. One day a few years ago I was looking for a checkout lane at a local Krogers (Kroger's, if you prefer). There were some groceries sitting alone. In a moment a woman came up clutching several 2-liter "Coca-Colas" in her arms. SHe said, apparently apologetically, "I wanted to get me some more dopers." It's usually just "dope," though I also occasionally hear "brown doper" or "orange doper" (for cola drinks or what some people still call "big oranges"). It seems that Coca-Cola originally either did ordid not contain codeine (I've read a lot about it, but nothing seems dispositive), and that's whre the term originated. One explanation is that the local moonshiners were afraid the popularity of Coca-Cola would interfere with profits, so they started the rumor. Another explanation is that the original formula DID contain "dope." Anyway, I wanted you to know that the term is alive and well, though probably shrinking in distribution and frequency. When I mention the term in undergraduate classes, most of my students are familiar with it. Bethany Dumas (in%"dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]")