Haverhill and tonic

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jul 20 14:09:23 UTC 2009

At 7/20/2009 12:37 AM, Your Name wrote:
>In a message dated 7/20/2009 12:00:46 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
>my  friend who uses "tonic" for soda / pop / soda pop / soda
>water, etc., is  from Haverhill [hEIvr at l] and not from the city.

Residents of the City of Haverhill would be offended.  Now if Wilson
had written "not from the big city" ...

>FWIW, my grandmother, a city-of-Boston native, always called it tonic as
>well.    How old is your friend?  Maybe the difference is  generational
>rather than geographical.

When I came to the gown city (Cambridge) in the mid-50s, I was told
to say "tonic" -- and "frappe".  And some locals did.


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