Date: Fri, 27 May 1994 10:35:42 -0700 From: THOMAS L CLARK Subject: Re: Alaska versions of pile and soda On Tue, 24 May 1994, Tracey McHenry wrote: [snip] I suspect that I said > pop, but after 3 years of college in Portland OR I was forced into using 'soda' > in order to escape ridicule from my many Hawaiian friends. Does anyone > have any info, first hand or otherwise, on the use of these terms in the > West and/or Northwest? It seems to me that anything goes, except tonic. I just returned from Spokane and Couer d' Alene. We stopped at a 7-11 for gas. The cooler had a large sign above it that said in red letters, "BEER AND POP." A smaller sign made with those little white plastic letters about one inch high said "fountian (sic) pop 65 cents, floats, 95 cents." Family members who are lifelong residents of Spokane say "pop" but more often use the brand name. Cheers, tlc