White Milk.

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Sun Mar 11 03:02:25 UTC 2001

Since "Midwestern" is defined differently by different people, could you
specify where you've heard the term "white milk"?  In the last half century
I've lived in Minnesota, Missouri (well, not really--St. Louis), Indiana,
and Ohio, and I've never heard the term.

At 04:45 PM 3/10/01 -0400, Buchmann wrote:
>Midwestern usage [ for AT LEAST half a century ]
>for commercial milk without the "home grown"
>amount of cream -- also distinguished it from
>Btw, in the South, "sweet milk" was used then to distinguish
>from buttermilk -- this resulted in incomprehension in other
>parts of the country.
>Mark Odegard wrote:
>> I came across the term 'white milk' in my local weekly paper's current
>> issue, in an ad for the local supermarket (the chain is Quillin's, which is
>> centered in the La Crosse, WI area, as is associated with IGA).
>> It's a coupon:
>> --start quote--
>> Quillin's Q-PON
>> 50c off
>> all gal. of Kemps
>> White Milk
>> with coupon
>> --end quote--
>> This is new to me. I have never heard of plain whole milk, 2%, 1% or skim
>> milk referred to as 'white milk'.
>> It looks like a retronym, distinguishing 'white-colored milk' from
>> milk.
>> The copy writer for the ad may have been from IGA, from Quillins, or even
>> locally (tho' I doubt this last).
>> Any comments? Is this new? Or is it something I've missed.
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