Everything but "soda" is wrong

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Which is the one true name?

soda
35
57%
pop
11
18%
coke (not referring to just Coca-Cola)
7
11%
soft drink
7
11%
cola
0
No votes
tonic
1
2%
 
Total votes: 61

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Postby Jayelle » Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:06 pm

I occasionally call it a "drink machine".
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Postby Mich » Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:40 pm

I occasionally call it a "drink machine".
But not a "drinks machine"?

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For some reason I can only imagine that in a British accent.
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Postby zeroguy » Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:21 pm

For some reason I can only imagine that in a British accent.
For some reason I can only imagine saying it like Chapelle's "purple drink" in various sketches.
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Postby Gravity Defier » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:16 pm

Most of Phoenix' population is out-of-staters; you will hardly meet a native Arizonan anymore, at least here. I was beyond annoyed to see someone from the south/midwest hasn't learned that the term is soda. At a store I went to recently, there was a sign posted to an aisle refrigerator that said something about a 'pop.'

I almost ripped it down.

Definitely the first time I've seen that (wrong) word used in this state.
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Postby Ela » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:00 pm

Soda!

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Postby starlooker » Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:32 pm

Drat! Turns out that Kansas appears to be a "pop" place as well. I was hoping that I'd have a chance to unlearn this stupid habit of speech.
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Postby Seiryu » Tue Aug 05, 2008 7:04 pm

I grew up in Texas. It's coke here. It was weird, I went to Oklahoma recently and my aunt, cousins, grandparents, and such asked me if I wanted a pop. I blinked at them and was taken aback for a moment, but eventually got used to it that week a spent there.
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I'm sad that Canada is not on there! I had no idea so many people had no word for sunshowers, and also, the shoes you might wear to gym class or during other athletics can be running shoes, runners, or trainers.
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Postby Young Val » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:05 pm

Ali, the last info graphic at that link blows my mind!

There is a DISTINCT difference between "Mary" "Merry" and "Marry."

People really pronounce all three of those words identically?! :gasp:
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Postby neo-dragon » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:25 pm

Ali, the last info graphic at that link blows my mind!

There is a DISTINCT difference between "Mary" "Merry" and "Marry."

People really pronounce all three of those words identically?! :gasp:
I have never in my life heard those words pronounced differently. I can't even think how you would.
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Postby Syphon the Sun » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:03 pm

I went to law school with a lot of folks who said "law-yer."
I have never in my life heard those words pronounced differently. I can't even think how you would.
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Postby EAGLE » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:13 pm

ya first post here...so....I ask for a lemonade since most places don't have :limeaid:.

The misses can't have soda do to the carbination messes up her stomach after she had (recently) weight loss surgery, and well you can't go wrong with lemonade
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Postby Petra456 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:17 pm

Ali, the last info graphic at that link blows my mind!

There is a DISTINCT difference between "Mary" "Merry" and "Marry."

People really pronounce all three of those words identically?! :gasp:

I'm really curious as to how you pronounce them. I don't know anyone who has ever pronounced those words differently!
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Postby wizzard » Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:11 am

Ali, the last info graphic at that link blows my mind!

There is a DISTINCT difference between "Mary" "Merry" and "Marry."

People really pronounce all three of those words identically?! :gasp:

I'm really curious as to how you pronounce them. I don't know anyone who has ever pronounced those words differently!
I pronounce them all the same, but growing up near Philly I definitely had friends who pronounced them differently.

Mary is pronounced about how you'd expect. The 'a' in 'marry' is pronounced the same as in 'bat'. Merry is either "meh-ree" or "muh-ree".

Wikipedia has a discussion of it here.

I do apparently have other parts of the Philadelphia dialect, like "hoagie", "sneakers" and "syrup" (pronounced 'seer-up').
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Postby mywildimagination » Sat Jun 15, 2013 1:07 pm

Or maybe the fact that there is a distinct difference between the three means that the context alone is enough to show the difference, rendering changes in pronunciation unnecessary.

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Postby Wind Swept » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:46 pm

There is no "The City" here. Minnesota has "The Cities," which is obviously superior.

I'm just sad "roof" wasn't included.
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Postby Wind Swept » Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:47 pm

Noticed I'd never voted in this poll. I've now voted Pop on principal, despite more often referring to it as soda.
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Postby Platypi007 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:26 am

I voted tonic, but I was being silly in doing so. I only order tonic with gin.

I don't order a soda, I order a whatever it is I want. Usually that is Dr. Pepper, sometimes it is Barq's. If there is rum, then I order coke.

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Postby Boothby » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:41 am

Having grown up on Lawn Guyland, and later in upstate New Yawk, I hate to break it to you all, but there is only ONE "the City."

At a diner in the mid-west, once, the waitress asked me if I wanted a coke. Since I wanted a Coke, I said, "Sure!" She then asked, "What type? Orange, Root beer, 7up, etc.?"
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Postby Platypi007 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:04 am

I was on a short road trip with a college friend (now my brother in law) and we went through the drive through for dinner. I was driving, and he had me order him a combo meal. When she asked what flavor coke he wanted with it he shouted out over me, "Bunny flavored!"

The lady in the drive through didn't really understand what he said (or she may have just thought that, because who orders bunny flavored soda?) but I couldn't say anything after that because I was laughing so much. It was the first thing that popped into his mind.

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Postby KennEnder » Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:13 am

When she asked what flavor coke he wanted with it he shouted out over me, "Bunny flavored!" ... It was the first thing that popped into his mind.
Yes, somehow asking what kind of "coke" I want always makes me want to be a smart alec too - don't they REALIZE how silly it is to make me say I want a "7-up-flavored coke" or some such thing?

Although I've also been known to throw knives at people who say "ATM machine" or "I need to unloosen the nut on the bolt" or "I'll throw a piece of toast into the toaster."
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Postby Platypi007 » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:08 pm

Twice-toasted toast could be a thing, like a twice-baked potato or refried beans.


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