Saturday, May 06, 2006


After waiting tables in both Wisconsin and Texas, one little difference is clear: in Wisconsin, "tea," without a modifier, is hot tea; in Texas, "tea" is iced tea.


Blogger Ruth Anne Adams said...

And in North and South Carolina, it's "sweet tea."

10:42 PM  
Blogger Michael Farris said...

I grew up in rural Florida and "tea" means "icy sugar water with a vague tea flavor".
I was probably 12 before I realized that some people drink tea hot. The idea kind of freaked me out, especially the idea of putting milk in it.

2:10 AM  
Blogger Christopher Althouse said...

For some reason, I still find the idea of iced tea repulsive, because I grew up drinking hot tea. Also, the experience of cleaning out the Lipton tea machine at a restaurant freaked me out...a thick, dark, goo coated the entire inside wall of the tea machine. It resembled feces. So much of it was there that I had to scrub the inside several times to make it look acceptable.

3:02 AM  
Blogger Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

We have sweet and unsweet tea here in Austin too, in some places, but most of the time it comes unsweetened. Where it's sweetened, here and throughout the South, it's often tooth-janglingly oversweetened.

10:09 AM  

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