The Colbert Report: "soda water"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 15 02:11:48 UTC 2009

Do you really believe that or are you just pulling my leg?

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On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 12:07 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:
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> Colbert actually said, "now the syrup in that soda water..."
> He was making a fine distinction between "soda pop" and its constituent
> elements.
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> Joel S. Berson
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> 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"? Â The
> latter is what I think when I hear "soda water". Â (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?
> Joel
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