The Colbert Report: "soda water"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu May 14 15:05:42 UTC 2009

At 5/14/2009 10:49 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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>Did anyone else notice the inadvertent use of (old?) Southern "soda
>_water_" by Colbert, a native of South Carolina, in an environment in
>which he otherwise was using "soda _pop_"?

Was it clear he meant the flavored stuff, and not "seltzer"?  The
latter is what I think when I hear "soda water".  (The OED agrees
with me, on both "soda pop" and "soda water".)

Or, Wilson, are you saying that in the (old?) South "soda water"
could refer to flavored carbonated drinks?


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