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"Want a Coke?" "Sure, I'll Have a Dr. Pepper."

When I moved to Alabama in 1990, one of the many food-related terms that confused me was the use of the term "Coke" for any kind of carbonated beverage. To me, "Coke" meant Coca-Cola, not orange soda or Diet Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew.

Now, thanks to the bloggers at Chow.com, I've discovered a map that illustrates this phenomenon -- as well as the fact that when I traveled to Colorado in sixth grade and tried to order a "soda" in Kansas, what I got was an ice cream soda!

http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2008/08/18/308-the-pop-vs-soda-map/

(If you'll note the little island of "soda" users in the middle of the country, that's where I grew up.)

Another time I'll talk about what I thought of terms like "creamed potatoes," "fried corn," and "field peas with snaps"...

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 08:31AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | CommentsPost a Comment

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