soft drink

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Soft drinks in a Virginia supermarket

EtymologyEdit

So called in contrast to strong alcoholic beverages, which are "hard liquors".

NounEdit

soft drink (plural soft drinks)

  1. Any carbonated, usually sweet, non-alcoholic drink. (In this sense, juice, milk, tea and coffee are not soft drinks.)
  2. (broadly speaking) Any non-alcoholic drink.
    • 1926, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Land of Mist[2]:
      "And then they run to him with whisky, and so they teach him to rely on the bottle and you get another case of a drunken medium. I know them. You keep off it, Tom!" "Yes, one of our trade should stick to soft drinks."

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Matthew T. Campbell, Spatial Graphics and Analysis Lab, East Central University of Oklahoma: [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 dialect survey