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From: "Honey Ryan" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Dialects, Language, Regionalism
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 09:20:38 -0500
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I say "soft drinks." I grew up saying "Coke" of "Co-cola" for everything,
but that involved too much explanation if I wanted something other than
Coca-Cola. I just couldn't bring myself to say "pop" or "soda." Those
expressions were too Yankee (no offense.) So, I settled on "soft drink."

Honey Ryan

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:] On Behalf
Of Richard A. Pence
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2008 1:03 AM
To: Claire Keenan Agthe; philip thorne
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Subject: Re: [APG] Dialects, Language, Regionalism

"Claire Keenan Agthe" <> wrote:
> On Feb 26, 2008, at 2:54 PM, philip thorne wrote:
>> ...where in the
>> U.S. do people say soft-drinks?
> As far as I know, that's a marketing / menu term. The sellers of
> coke/soda/pop use it as a generic term (to avoid the whole soda/pop/
> whatever debate, no doubt), but I don't think anyone uses it in
> everyday speech. But maybe I'll be proven wrong...

Soft drinks = nonalcoholic drinks.

I've hard it in "everyday speech."


"How about a beer?"

"Do you have any soft drinks?"



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