Americanisms (was RE: Sorcery and Cecilia and Desert Island books)

ROSLYN rosgross at
Wed Jan 19 08:08:54 EST 2005

Ros quoted Kylie:

>> Soft drink.
>> Shopping bag. Or plastic bag.
>> Pram. Pusher sometimes if the baby sits upright.
>> Roll (or sub if it is from Subway).
>> Bathers
>> School bag.

Philip wrote:

<< Yet more of you who call fizzy drinks "soft drinks".  If I was told that 
only soft drinks were to be served at a party, I'd be _very_ surprised and 
disappointed not to get fruit juice, or at least squash (by which I mean a 
fruit cordial made from concentrate, non-fizzy).  To me, "soft drink" means 
served cold and contains no alcohol. >>

Oh yes, I'd expect those kinds of drinks. But technically, "soft drinks" 
refers to carbonated drinks, here at any rate. On a day to day basis, most 
people are just as likely to say "Would you like some lemonade/orangeade?" 
or "Would you like something fizzy to drink?" if referring specifically to 
fizzy drinks, and ask "Would you like some fruit juice?" if referring to 

<< Oh, and I put groceries in a shopping basket, if I remember to take it. 
Not just the wire thing I carry around the supermarket, but the rush basket 
I take to carry them home in.  Supplemented by carrier bags or shopping 
bags.  I almost never buy enough in one go to need a trolley. >>

The wire basket in supermarkets we'd call a "shopping basket" or "carry 
basket", and the thing you wheel around we call, like you, a 'trolley".


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