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Old 09-12-2010, 06:23 PM
 
Location: NJ
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LOL Just last summer, my fiance and I went to Kansas and met some people at a little eating joint and she asked "what type of cokes do you have"?

Break here a bit...

Actually, she phrased it that way just to see what response she would get. Because, for one, she is not a native Southerner (she is from Colorado) and, two, didn't really start using "coke" until she lived down here for several years and it sorta "grew" on her. When we first hooked up, she was as clueless as they come when I would ask her if she wanted a "coke".

Anyway, I was all this time, amused, and KNEW what was going to happen.

Sure enough, the waiter looked at her as if she had dropped down from another planet. He replied, bumfuzzled, "we have coca-cola...diet, light..."
I had a similar experience in either Minneapolis or Detroit metro (can't remember). At a restaurant, I asked "What kind of soda do you have?". I got the same "what planet are you from" look from the waiter before he said "you know, like seltzer".
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:31 PM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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I had a similar experience in either Minneapolis or Detroit metro (can't remember). At a restaurant, I asked "What kind of soda do you have?". I got the same "what planet are you from" look from the waiter before he said "you know, like seltzer".
So DUH! That's because it's called pop in most of the Midwest!
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I have heard that exact same thing as a joke for Kentucky.

It drove me crazy when I lived down south, people using the terminology "coke" for everything. I worked in the service industry, it would get quite confusing when people would say things like "I want 3 cokes. 2 sprites and a Mr. Pibb." The southern folk who also spoke stupid knew what they wanted; but I didn't.
Lol, id give them 6 drinks.
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Old 09-13-2010, 07:47 AM
 
Location: NJ
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So DUH! That's because it's called pop in most of the Midwest!
so DUH!!! I know that! Just relaying a similar story in an area with different terminology!
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The southern folk who also spoke stupid knew what they wanted; but I didn't.
Was this remark really necessary?
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Old 09-13-2010, 12:24 PM
 
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As a general rule of thumb, Midwesterners say POP! Except for the Saint Louis and Milwaukee area. Is this some kind of East or West Coast influence?
It might be the influence of the Anheiser-Busch brewing company, though; these two cities do have a long history in beer production..
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:25 AM
 
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Lol, id give them 6 drinks.
Yeah me too. Here in Memphis if you said "I want 3 cokes. 2 sprites and a Mr. Pibb." You would get 6 drinks.
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:24 AM
 
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It might be the influence of the Anheiser-Busch brewing company, though; these two cities do have a long history in beer production..
I don't think this is the reason. I am still thinking as a hunch it is related to local brands that marketed themselves as soda in the late 19th early 20th century.

I am suprised no academic study has explained why certain words are used in certain areas.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:59 AM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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I am suprised no academic study has explained why certain words are used in certain areas.
I know, right?
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Lol, id give them 6 drinks.
That did happen; on more than one occasion.
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