stevez wrote:I wonder if the pop/soda/Coke borders roughly approximate the sack/bag borders or if that is a completely diffenent distinction.
There's a sack/bag map here
, which puts "sack" sayers in a small minority.
I can't find any statistics to back this up, but my guess is that the "Coke" border follows, more or less, the grits and iced-tea line. That is, the places where your breakfast comes with grits by default and you can get brewed iced tea all year round. (I did think the iced-tea line was moving north, but then they invented bottled tea.)
Ann, isn't it interesting how much distinction between dialects is measured using terms relating to food and drink?
Of course, McConchie's use of "controversy" is tongue-in-cheek and by "cooler" he might well be referring to climate. There also doesn't seem to be any allowance for people who say "soda pop."
Annieb, actually what you buy in "party stores" is liquor. They have pop, too, of course, and other supplies for holding a party, but their stock is essentially what "liquor stores" in Chicago carry.
The term "soda" is used in Detroit, but only for the clear liquid you mix with scotch and the drink made with ice cream and syrup. (Yet a drink made with ice cream and Vernors ginger ale was a "Boston cooler," even in the days when you couldn't buy Vernors outside the Midwest.)