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View Poll Results: Plastic Grocery "Bag" vs. "Sack"
Plastic Bag 45 97.83%
Plastic Sack 1 2.17%
Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-07-2014, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids
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It's a simple question that most people don't really think about, when referring to a plastic grocery bag, do you call it a "bag" or a "sack?" ... I seem to hear about an even mix of both here in Eastern Iowa, however I rarely heard "sack" used in the Chicagoland area when I was living there. My thoughts were that maybe "sack" was more of a rural type of thing, or just a local thing. I was looking for a map on this, sort of like the ones that you see on "pop" vs. "soda" vs. "coke" - maybe one of you have seen one.

Feel free to post your thoughts and experiences with this, and maybe tell us where you have experienced different vocabulary uses.

*and if there was already a poll created on this topic, I searched and did not find it, so now maybe we have two!

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Old 07-07-2014, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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I hear both used equally around here.
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Old 07-07-2014, 05:06 PM
 
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Wisconsin is definitely "bag."
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Bag in NJ. No one calls it a sack. I did have one woman at work who referred to her grocery bags as "bundles".
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:18 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Poke.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:21 PM
 
Location: East Mt Airy, Philadelphia
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Look at: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...map.html?_r=1&
For me (born/raised in NYC, now living in Philly), it was eerily correct, placing my vocabulary and dialect in NY, Philly and Yonkers (just north of NYC).
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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It's a simple question that most people don't really think about, when referring to a plastic grocery bag, do you call it a "bag" or a "sack?" ... I seem to hear about an even mix of both here in Eastern Iowa, however I rarely heard "sack" used in the Chicagoland area when I was living there. My thoughts were that maybe "sack" was more of a rural type of thing, or just a local thing. I was looking for a map on this, sort of like the ones that you see on "pop" vs. "soda" vs. "coke" - maybe one of you have seen one.

Feel free to post your thoughts and experiences with this, and maybe tell us where you have experienced different vocabulary uses.

*and if there was already a poll created on this topic, I searched and did not find it, so now maybe we have two!
Here it's almost always called a bag. Sack is more of an Appalachian usage. I remember a long time ago, in rural areas it was called a "poke".
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Growing up in Texas, we said bag.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Grocery bag. A sack is bigger. If you buy 50 pounds of potatoes those might come in a sack.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:03 PM
 
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I've lived in New York City, Long Island, the Chicago suburbs and now Rhode Island, plus a brief stint in Los Angeles, and it's been "bag" everywhere -- but I may not have been in L.A. long enough to notice.
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