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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!

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

Vintage POP BottlesCAM01902

Contemporary Cans

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** 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.

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