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    Playing catch and soda here in Massachusetts.

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    Play catch or “wanna throw” and Coke in the deep south


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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrandtw View Post
    Play catch or “wanna throw” and Coke in the deep south


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    I visited Georgia a couple years back and when i went into my first restaurant there without thinking asked if they had Coke or Pepsi, the waitress gave me a look I'll never forget and said..."just coke sweetie..." I immediately realized why she thought I was a moron.

    I didn't see a Pepsi sign the entire time I was there

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstanwood View Post
    I visited Georgia a couple years back and when i went into my first restaurant there without thinking asked if they had Coke or Pepsi, the waitress gave me a look I'll never forget and said..."just coke sweetie..." I immediately realized why she thought I was a moron.

    I didn't see a Pepsi sign the entire time I was there
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    Quote Originally Posted by bstanwood View Post
    I won't speak for all of new England, my regional king status isn't yet recognized, but I never heard the term pop until I met someone from the Midwest, and I've never heard someone from these 6 states wanting to have a catch. I grew up in rural Maine and I've lived in pompous coastal CT for over a decade now many differences in the areas but terminology for most things is remarkably similar.
    Ditto from somebody born in NJ and grew up in Maine. I had never heard have a catch until I was a teenager and watched Field of Dreams. I also had never heard pop until I met somebody from Tennessee.



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    I always assumed "have a catch" is just antiquated, archaic language, not specific to a region. But it does sound awfully Canadian to me, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunchOBull View Post
    I always assumed "have a catch" is just antiquated, archaic language, not specific to a region. But it does sound awfully Canadian to me, eh?
    I assumed the same. Throw back to our immigrant ancestors. I don’t know about Canadian, more like how in England they say you are “having a laugh”. Edit-see I’m late to that party


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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Mario View Post
    I live in southern Illinois, and people say soda here. From my experiences people I’ve met from the northern part of the state say pop.
    Funny because cross that Wisconsin border it’s mostly soda and those who say pop claim it’s because their family came from the south.

    But we all agree that it’s bubbler and not drinking fountain


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewer Andy View Post
    Funny because cross that Wisconsin border it’s mostly soda and those who say pop claim it’s because their family came from the south.

    But we all agree that it’s bubbler and not drinking fountain


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    Bubbler also confused me, my Rhode island neighbors seem to use that one a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstanwood View Post
    Bubbler also confused me, my Rhode island neighbors seem to use that one a lot
    I only recently found out that apparently “Bubbler” was the name of a specific early water fountain model produced somewhere in this local region and widely installed in this area (so more like “Velcro”, “Band-Aid”, or “Tyme Machine”)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewer Andy View Post
    Funny because cross that Wisconsin border it’s mostly soda and those who say pop claim it’s because their family came from the south.

    But we all agree that it’s bubbler and not drinking fountain


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    I heard my great grandparents and those of the generation call refrigerators "Kelvinators" in the early 1990s. Where I'm from in Georgia, everything is "Coke," but if you force someone to hammer down a generalization, they'll typically say soda. Pop and soda pop are a no go.

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    There used to be what people called water bubbles in city parks around Massachusetts. Soda fountains were in the drugs stores up until 1970 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tpeichel View Post
    If you drink pop you probably play catch, if you drink soda you probably have a catch.
    When I was growing up in West Allis, WI we drank pop and played catch. When I moved to northern Illinois (McHenry, Richmond, Gurnee), everyone still played catch but they made fun of me for saying "pop". Now I say "soda pop".

    Additionally, I grew up drinking out of a "bubbler" instead of drinking from a drinking fountain. I think I picked that one up in my grandpa's farm country in northern Wisconsin. I don't remember people in Milwaukee using "bubbler" but they always knew what I was talking about when I used it. But in Illinois nobody knew what the heck that was. I'm guessing the IL/WI border area is like a transition zone for some of those phrases.

    "Have a catch" sounds alien to me. It reminds me of the first time I heard my wife (who's from Philly) say she needed to "make a poop". I was like, "you mean take a crap?". And she was like, "No, you MAKE it, not take it." And I was like, "No, your body already made it, now you have to TAKE it to the bathroom to get rid of it."

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