Endangered specie (coinages)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Mar 10 20:27:32 UTC 2012

On Mar 10, 2012, at 3:21 PM, Larry Sheldon wrote:

> Also interesting--reminded me of one of my favorite "regional" word
> problems (which has nothing to do with high school algebra).
> If you were thirsty and wanted a refreshing drink of cold carbonated
> water with some sort of sweetened syrup in it, what would you ask for?
> A soda?  A pop?  Where I grew up, a perfectly normal exchange might
> sound like this:
> Friend noting distress:  Would you like a coke?
> Me:  Yes!  What have you got?
> FND:  "Rootbeer" (or "Dad's"), "ginger ale", and "RC".
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