It is amusing to see what kind of things light people up. Language is one of the things that I discovered can really light people up.
An example of this? The other day, just out of the blue I said that wanted to pop into the store to get a “soda.” I used the word “soda” for no good reason. I just said it rather randomly.
The reaction I received was visceral. “That is an American word. In Canada we say POP.” Yikes.
After that reaction I decided to begin an experiment. I have been using the word “soda” everywhere I go. And by and large, people get outraged by the word! It is the funniest thing.
Are there words to you that are “American” words? Are there Canadian-only words? Care to add your words to this list?