Once upon a time in Texas, there was a girl with an appetite and a dream...


It's a Southern Thing

Mom: Do you want me to bring you a Coke?

Sister: Yeah.

Mom: What kind?

Sister: Dr. Pepper.

If you followed that, your Texanocity is officially confirmed.

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Blogger Ggriv77 said...

OK, I guess I fail this test because if I someone were to ask me if I wanted a Coke, I would expect them to bring a Coke!
I had no idea that Dr. Pepper still existed? I remember drinking those during the 80's!

3/25/2007 5:00 AM

Blogger Jul said...

At college you could immediately determine which region of the country your new classmates hailed from based on whether they used "coke", "pop", or "soda" to refer to sweet, bubbly beverages. Who says there are no dialects in American English? :)

3/25/2007 5:41 AM

Blogger Kim and Victoria said...

Yeah, that's odd. Not following it; not from Texas!

3/25/2007 8:08 AM

Blogger Tracie B. said...

ggriv--aren't you from new jersey? that explains it. here we used Coke as a generic term for (as jul said below) sweet carbonated beverages...i suspect that this colloquial use extends beyond the confines of our great state and into the whole gulf region as well :)

jul--so what is it for you?

3/25/2007 8:11 AM

Blogger miss tango in her eyes said...

I just learned this the other day from one of my roommates who is Texan. That is just too odd.

3/25/2007 2:11 PM

Blogger Texas Espresso said...

I'm with you girl! My Texanocity is firmly in place. hehehe

3/25/2007 6:42 PM

Blogger Susan in Italy said...

Oh, I've heard about this. Is it because Coca-Cola Corp., based in the south, is everpresent so that you'd call anything fizzy a coke?

3/26/2007 2:06 AM

Blogger Angie said...

I followed, but only because my cousins in Tennessee call everything "Pepsi" and it confused the heck out of my brother, sister, and I when we'd visit. :)

Cousin: "Do you want a Pepsi?"
Angie: "Sure."
Cousin: "What kind? Pepsi? Mountain Dew? Sprite?"
Angie: "But... you just said 'Pepsi'...?"

(It's all "pop" where I'm from in Indiana!)

3/26/2007 12:38 PM

Blogger JennDZ said...

That is way to funny! I thought POP was funny! But this is even better! :)

3/26/2007 5:03 PM

Blogger Vid Digger said...

True Story (happened this past weekend):

Me: You want a Fanta?

Sis: No... But I have some of that other orange soda you have in the frig.

Me: That's all I have

Sis: What?


Sis: I told you NO!

Me: Good!

Sis: But what about that other drink?

Me: There's no other drink!

***Looking in frig***
Sis: Yes there is... Fanta!

Me: You're drinking water!

3/26/2007 5:12 PM

Blogger Emily said...

So I found your blog through the infamous "Next Blog" button...from the title I expect to read about Italy and the first post is about cokes! This cracks me up because I am from Texas and its totally true...at least 2-3 times a day I use the phrase "I'm going to get a coke" and then go get a Dr. Pepper. :)

Okay...back to reading about Italy now....

3/27/2007 12:15 AM

Anonymous J.Doe said...

I didn't understand, but my excuse is that I'm from NJ.

3/27/2007 8:37 PM

Blogger leavesbehind said...

Cara Tracie,

Solo adesso ho visto il messagio che hai lasciato sul mio blog in Febbraio! Mi dispiace che non ho scritto niente, ma non posso trovare il tuo email (sono ancora una bimba con tutto di queste cose di "technology"). Ma senti, perche adesso vedo che stai qui in Texas...vero? Io sono in Houston...if you're around (no lo so cose la tua citta esatamente) we simply MUST meet up! I'd love to chat in Italian, so let me take you out to get a caffe or pizza if you're around. I assume you have already gorged yourself on TexMex (that's always my first stop when I get back from Italia), so maybe you are ready to give Italian a try. Mandame un email - shannongsims@gmail.com - e forse possiamo incontrare! E auguri per il caro nipote :)

Ciao for now!

3/28/2007 3:03 PM

Blogger Eduardo said...

Its Pop in Michigan.

3/28/2007 7:36 PM

Blogger Nadine said...

That's funny. Here, in The Netherlands, we call everything bubbly "fris"

3/29/2007 2:08 PM

Blogger Gina said...

I came across this blog whil googling ischia, I'm thinking of going there, can I bug you with some questions??

PS - in Mtl the term we would have used is soft drink!

3/30/2007 12:01 PM

Blogger Cherrye said...

Hey ya'll - Was that a joke? ;)

Isn't POP a type of music?

3/31/2007 10:52 AM

Blogger avery said...

It's such a Texan thing! My cousins from the midwest never understood what we meant when we asked for a "coke" which could range from dr. pepper, pepsi, coke, or mountain dew, because they always called it pop.

4/02/2007 6:58 AM

Blogger Alina said...

I just fell off my chair when I ran into your blog... and yes, I got the Coke comment, thanks to my best friend Mer of Dallas from my college days. Personally, I would kill for a Dr. Pepper here. But I'm... well, married to an ischitano (www.enzorando.it) and live back and forth between Sorrento and Ischia! We should get together sometime.

4/03/2007 11:31 AM

Blogger LVGurl said...

Yes, Coke is the universal word for soda. Like Kleenex is to facial tissue.

4/04/2007 3:05 PM

Blogger Tracie B. said...

lvgirl--that's the best analogy i've heard. now maybe alladeez yankees can understand us :)

gina--i can't get to your blog! can you send me an email, or leave your link?

4/05/2007 12:32 AM

Blogger Kathy said...

This was something new I learned about when moving to the south (Georgia). Kind of weird, right? I've been here 19 years and am still not used to it.


4/07/2007 3:45 PM

Blogger Carla said...

In Idaho, it was "let's go to town for a pepsi" and then we'd all get ice cream. go figure.

4/11/2007 10:16 PM

Anonymous class-factotum said...

Can you still get the good Dr Pepper (made with cane sugar, not corn sweetener) from the bottling plant in Dublin? That's the best!

5/08/2007 7:32 PM

Blogger elysa said...

I just stumbled across your blog today and I had to comment on this.

I am a born and raised Texan and this just made me laugh. If I ever move out of Texas I may be stuck drinking actual Coca-cola because people don't know that the question "would you like a coke" should be followed by "what kind"

6/02/2007 1:12 PM

Blogger Expat Traveler said...

oh yes - we have to get used to saying "pop" and "zed"... And I'm pretty sure you can't find Dr. Pepper in many areas of Europe...

11/12/2007 9:05 AM


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