'fountain drink with mixed flavors'

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Wed Mar 21 14:40:42 UTC 2007

My husband and his coworkers during his fry-cook high school days
would drink a Klingon Killer at work: a mix of all the fountain
sodas. I think the term was private to the crew at that fried chicken
restaurant (local, family run, not chain). Now our sons ask for
Klingon Killers at home: there's no set ingreient list: it depends on
what's at hand.

---Amy West

>Date:    Tue, 20 Mar 2007 14:15:22 -0400
>From:    Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU>
>Subject: 'fountain drink with mixed flavors'
>When I was a Texas teenager, adventurous habitues of the
>soda-fountain would sometimes order a drink make from a squirt of
>each available syrup, the glass then filled with carbonated water.
>The local term for the resulting beverage was SHIPWRECK.
>Recently I discovered that some Georgians, a whole generation
>younger, have other terms for such a miscellaneous concoction, like
>Do still other terms exist? Regionally distributed, or in some other
>pattern?  Of course, the soda fountain itself may be an almost
>extinct phenomenon, but I've seen young people go down the
>self-serve repertory of drink spouts at fast-food restaurants,

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list