Awareness of Regional Variation

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 4 07:36:43 UTC 2000

At 2:14 PM -0600 12/4/00, Donald M. Lance wrote:
>  >From one of those ubiquitous regional pride broadsides.
>Subject:  secrets to surviving life in the South
>3)  Don't order a bottle of pop or a can of soda down here. Down
>here it's called Coke.
>Nobody gives a flying damn whether it's Pepsi, RC, Dr.Pepper, 7-Up
>or whatever -- it's
>still a Coke. Accept it. Doing otherwise can lead to an ass kicking.

But as we've seen earlier (in a thread a couple of years ago), at
least some card-carrying southerners would not classify a 7-Up (or
Sprite, or ginger ale, etc.) as a coke.  Only cola (RC, Pepsi) and
perhaps dark soft drinks (including Dr. Pepper and root beer) qualify.


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