Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 10:13:06 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Student Q: pop/soda/coke/cola
Lou Maris [appropriate name for the week the Yankees are in the world series]
Of course here in Milwaukee we use the terms "bubbler" for drinking
fountain. It's one way you can spot a native Milwaukeean.
I don't have a DARE on me, but I suspect the isogloss for "bubbler" is a lot
broader than greater Milwaukee. We always included that item on our dialect
questionnaires in Intro Ling at the U of Wisconsin - Madison, and most of the
respondents from all over the state reported "bubbler" as the first choice
(sometimes along with "fountain"). Maybe someone with a DARE on them can fill
us in on how far within and beyond Wisconsin the "bubbler" area extends.