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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    On a slightly related note.....all the Canadians I know refer to Electrical service as....Hydro! I couldn't figure out why everyone was bitching about their water bill???? Most probably the reason is that electrical service in British Columbia is supplied by... BC Hydro.....but my friends in Alberta also call electrical service as Hydro....
    Is that not because it's just a short form for hydroelectricity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron View Post
    Is that not because it's just a short form for hydroelectricity?
    Well yeah....assuming all your power is generated by hydroelectric dams.....
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    A while back we had a big thread that covered a lot of this sort of thing. I believe the title was something about pronunciation. I can't seem to find it now.

    The graphic in the original post must be a joke. We certainly have words for soft drinks in Vermont, lol. I can't remember the last time I had a soda though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez
    A milk shake with ice cream was a "cabinet."
    I never heard that one. I also didn't know it was possible to make a milk shake without ice cream.

    I have heard people refer to soft drinks collectively as coke. Which works fine if you're at home and have only one variety of soft drink there. Call it what you want. If you go out anywhere, and ask for a coke, you get a Coca Cola, or are told (in best John Belushi voice): "No Coke. Pepsi." Or, if you're really daring, you could ask for an RC, which I think stands for "battery acid."

    Up there it was "tonic" (pronounced "tawnic").
    I never heard tonic used to describe anything other than tonic water, the quinine flavored carbonated water used to water down gin.

    Quote Originally Posted by Progatron
    soda is the carbonated water that a bartender adds to a cocktail.
    That's true here, too. Of course, here we don't have soda fountains, but we have lotsa bars.

    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead
    all the Canadians I know refer to Electrical service as....Hydro!
    From that name, I would assume that the electricity is generated in hydroelectric plants. But I don't really know how they generate power in Canada, because down here in the middle and southern latitudes of the US, we are not allowed to hear anything about Canada, due to our government's deep-seated fear and loathing of socialism. Our maps end at the northern border, as does our weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lopez View Post
    Of course, in Rhode Island we had weird names for everything. An Italian sub sandwich ("sangwich") was a "grinder" while all others were "subs."
    I always thought a "grinder" was when you took a hoagie/sub/hero and put it in the oven to toast.

    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    Then theres.....Q Tips......
    Sure. I get that one. They pretty much dominated the market. But there's no variety in a Q-tip. It is what it is.

    Calling a root beer a "Coke" is just stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellbound View Post
    But I don't really know how they generate power in Canada, because down here in the middle and southern latitudes of the US, we are not allowed to hear anything about Canada, due to our government's deep-seated fear and loathing of socialism.
    Not to worry. Our Great Lord God King Donald decreed that "America will never be a Socialist country." That cosmically settles it for all time. The billionaires can sleep easy now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    Not to worry. Our Great Lord God King Donald decreed that "America will never be a Socialist country."
    Reality check, we already are. Most just don't want to admit it.

    But, let's not kill another thread. The leash has gotten much shorter in recent weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post

    But, let's not kill another thread. The leash has gotten much shorter in recent weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    Calling a root beer a "Coke" is just stupid.
    "Anyone care for a Coke or anything else?" That's how I've often heard it in the west.

    Touring this country, it is fascinating experiencing these differences in person. Dining at a Cracker Barrel many years ago -- that's when I first heard the term sweet tea. In California and some other places at the time, you either ordered hot tea or iced tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    You're right. I shouldn't have brought up Religion. I apologize.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronmac View Post
    ^^ You'll get over it. Just let it go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Bails View Post
    Calling a root beer a "Coke" is just stupid.
    I've never heard that. What I have heard, from friends from Florida and Georgia, is "a rootbeer Coke drink."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I've never heard that. What I have heard, from friends from Florida and Georgia, is "a rootbeer Coke drink."

    So if one simply asks for a root beer will they be understood? I don't understand the reason for all the extra words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I've never heard that. What I have heard, from friends from Florida and Georgia, is "a rootbeer Coke drink."
    Does it also work with birch beer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasmatopia View Post
    So if one simply asks for a root beer will they be understood? I don't understand the reason for all the extra words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    On a slightly related note.....all the Canadians I know refer to Electrical service as....Hydro! I couldn't figure out why everyone was bitching about their water bill???? Most probably the reason is that electrical service in British Columbia is supplied by... BC Hydro.....but my friends in Alberta also call electrical service as Hydro....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garyhead View Post
    On a slightly related note.....all the Canadians I know refer to Electrical service as....Hydro! I couldn't figure out why everyone was bitching about their water bill???? Most probably the reason is that electrical service in British Columbia is supplied by... BC Hydro.....but my friends in Alberta also call electrical service as Hydro....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    I've never heard that. What I have heard, from friends from Florida and Georgia, is "a rootbeer Coke drink."
    This is still really silly.
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