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Old 04-15-2010, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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My question is why do people add a do in front of what.

do what?
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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OK, this thread is so long that I didn't want to read thru every single page, so forgive me if this has already been mentioned. I'm originally from Michigan and I noticed that people in Houston/Texas refer to exiting a vehicle as "getting down". I never heard that before coming to Houston. Another one is shopping "basket" instead of shopping "cart" -- like the big ones you push. I think it's weird to call those big things "baskets", but OK.
I lived in Texas (all over) for the first 48 years of my life, and have never heard the term "getting down" used for exiting a vehicle. I guess it must be connected somehow to people used to driving big trucks. You have to "get down" to get out of them.

As for the "coke" thing, I didn't realize until I moved to Oklahoma a couple of years ago, that "coke" wasn't used as a generic term everywhere. Once you cross the Red River it becomes a soda or a pop. I can barely bring myself to say those words. It just sounds so wrong to me.

When we first moved to OK, my son got more incorrect drink orders in restaurants because he would order a "coke" and before he could tell them what type of "coke" he wanted (usually he wanted a Dr Pepper) the server would run off and bring back a Coca Cola. Took that kid forever to get it straight. Actually, thinking about, that's about the time he just switched to iced tea!

As for the shopping cart thing, well they are big baskets, on wheels. You know everythings bigger in Texas, even our baskets!

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Old 04-15-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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Here's a map for you:

308 – The Pop Vs Soda Map « Strange Maps
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I've lived in Texas (East, North, Central, with friends/relatives in other parts of the state, and my Mama's family was from West Texas) for 60 years now and have never heard anything but "coke" or "soft drink". And I've NEVER heard exiting a vehicle referred to as "getting down", anywhere, Texas or otherwise.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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I lived in Texas all my life (well most of it) in many different places (except North) and I've never heard anyone referring to all types of soda as "Coke", usually they just say soda. Even the older folks. Any restaurant I've been to, when asked "What would you like to drink" if I say "Coke" the waiter always brings Coke. Not once anyone asked me "What kind of Coke?"
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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I lived in Texas all my life (well most of it) in many different places (except North) and I've never heard anyone referring to all types of soda as "Coke", usually they just say soda. Even the older folks. Any restaurant I've been to, when asked "What would you like to drink" if I say "Coke" the waiter always brings Coke. Not once anyone asked me "What kind of Coke?"
40+ year old Native Texan and have lived here all my life and I've ALWAYS called any kind of soft drink/soda, "coke". The only people I know that say any other word are usually from somewhere else. And the last word I've even heard is "soda" or "pop" or the two combined. Soft drink is more common than either of those two terms when it comes to the beverage. I've always even asked people when I'm entertaining if they want a "coke" then offer the selection. Doesn't mean I will have a true Coke in the offerings though.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:37 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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40+ year old Native Texan and have lived here all my life and I've ALWAYS called any kind of soft drink/soda, "coke". The only people I know that say any other word are usually from somewhere else. And the last word I've even heard is "soda" or "pop" or the two combined. Soft drink is more common than either of those two terms when it comes to the beverage. I've always even asked people when I'm entertaining if they want a "coke" then offer the selection. Doesn't mean I will have a true Coke in the offerings though.
I'm a native Texan too and as I said I lived in many different places in the state. Now what? You don't actually think that all this time I've been running into non-Texans, that would be statistically impossible. Regardless whether I'm in a big city or a rural town I have NEVER EVER heard anyone saying Coke for all the sodas.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I'm a native Texan too and as I said I lived in many different places in the state. Now what? You don't actually think that all this time I've been running into non-Texans, that would be statistically impossible. Regardless whether I'm in a big city or a rural town I have NEVER EVER heard anyone saying Coke for all the sodas.
Me neither and I've worked in restaurants.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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FYI, it is sooooooooo popular that there is even a Facebook fan page called, "I'm from TX, therefore I call everything a coke".

It IS what a majority of Texans call it. Just sayin................
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:56 AM
 
Location: The Big D
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Me neither and I've worked in restaurants.
Usually, in a restaurant setting when placing an order most people will be a tad more specific about the EXACT "coke" they want. If ordering at one of the places where you get handed the cup to fill yourself I know I do as well as others I hear just say, "coke".

Maybe it is a more North Texas thing.
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