Temperature Stated As a "Negative"

Doug Harris cats22 at STNY.RR.COM
Fri Jan 16 14:35:58 UTC 2009

But in my (late 40s-early 50s) youth, when there were fewer but still _some_ choices,
it wasn't uncommon for a couple of the kids to say "let's go git us a co-cola," then end
up with a Nehi or a root beer (reading extra into the name), or a Pepsi ('Pepsi Cola
hits the spot, 12 full ounces, that's a lot'), or even, occasionally, a Coke.
I think Pepsi (http://hitsthespot.ytmnd.com/) was more popular for much of that time
where I was, in Louisville and further east in KY.

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>I have no prescriptive preference of "negative" vs. "minus". It's
>like picking the "correct" expression between "pop", "soda", "sodapop",
>"soft drink" and, believe it or not, "coke". (Yes--"coke" is one of many
>regional versions for a generic description of carbonated drinks.)

>    VS-)

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