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So. How do YOU say it?

What do you order to go with your sandwich or salad at lunch.

What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage?

from the Smithsonian blogspot, si-siris.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-say-soda-you-say-pop.html

“I call it Pop, You call it Soda”

One example is how different regions use “pop,” “soda,” “cola,” “coke,” or “tonic” to describe the same thing!

popI recall saying pop in Los Angeles and you would have thought I said dungarees!

Vintage POP BottlesCAM01902

Contemporary Cans

CAM01870

** With a sunny weekend on the horizon, I really just wanted to share the Honey Dew bottle with the beehive detail and got a bit carried away.

The study of the many ways language and society intersect is known as sociolinguistics. The field combines sociology, psychology, anthropology and more.

The  University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Dialect Survey queried North American English speakers’ usage of a variety of linguistic items, including vocabulary items that vary by region.

For example, What is your *general* term for the rubber-soled shoes worn in gym class, for athletic activities, etc.?

a. sneakers (45.50%)
b. shoes (1.93%)
c. gymshoes (5.55%)
d. sand shoes (0.03%)
e. jumpers (0.01%)
f. tennis shoes (41.34%)
g. running shoes (1.42%)
h. runners (0.17%)
i. trainers (0.23%)

Our tennys collection will stay in the garage, but still fun to ponder the differences.

I feel like Kellyanne Conway would like our market, right after the pop, there’s a fine selection of alcoholic beverages in alternative packages.

Looking for a Job? (Circa WWII)

There’s lots of jobs open for women . . . and they pay not less than $1.04 an hour.  Ruey

Detail of a 1943 letter from a high school chum encouraging a friend to leave her senior year of college, and join the workforce in the war effort.  Which she did.

Letter w/ads$1.04 an hour

$1.04 an hour?

Minimum wage was .30¢ an hour in 1939, and .40¢ in 1945.

A sample of employment ads the letter included targeting female applicants from the Oregonian, 1943 (Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA).

Fred Meyer 1943

There’s a place for you

Hello?

Swing shift

Two full pages of opportunities; a few less if you were over 40.

Other possibilities:

Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home.  History.com

Female workers wanted

May 1st is International Workers’ Day.  Thanks for taking a small peek back at US worker history, or perhaps herstory, to see how things have progressed.