[Ads-l] "California sober"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 7 01:51:30 UTC 2021

Looks like "California sober" is to "sober" as "California stop" (i.e., a
rolling stop) is to "stop." (Larry Horn would call these "ironyms.")

I discuss "California stop" (aka "Hollywood/Michigan/New York/Philly/St.
Louis/American stop") in these 2013 pieces on regional traffic terms:



On Mon, Dec 6, 2021 at 5:57 PM Bill Mullins <amcombill at hotmail.com> wrote:

> "California sober" -- never ran across this before today.
> https://www.lx.com/entertainment/what-does-california-sober-mean-definition/45920/

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