Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
There was a lot of confusion for students from Pennsylvania who came to Minnesota to go to college. They thought a soda was a soft drink. We knew, however, that pop was a soft drink. A soda was a soft drink with ice cream in it. Preferably root beer with vanilla ice cream, also known as a root beer float or a black cow.
THIS is a float/ice cream soda/root beer float:
And THIS is pop/soda pop/soft drink:
However, if you head anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line and order a Coke, the waitress is going to stand with her pen poised above her order pad and look at you with a question in her eyes. Why? Well, because she’s waiting for you to tell her what KIND of Coke. For Miss Southern Belle, Coke is a generic name for all the kinds of soft drinks that ever existed. So if you just want a Coke, you have to say, “I’ll have a Coca Cola, please.” If you don’t, the poor girl is going to feel called upon to recite the list of soft drinks available at that restaurant.
Now that I’ve lived in Pennsylvania for many years, I still think “pop,” but I’m learning to say “soda.” In Minnesota, if I order a soda the waitress is going to ask me what kind of ice cream I’d like in my soda. See?
I could spend some time on all the other usages of the word float, but I don’t think I will.
Gotta love the English language.