Depending on where you live, certain words are preferred over others. You say “pop” and your cousin says “soda.” You stand on line. I stand in it.
Now that the winter months are upon us, I hear the word “toboggan” used quite a bit. I always thought this was a kind of sled, but the hubby and someone on the news recently used it to refer to a knit hat. How can it be that such an odd word can mean two very different things? “Hey, little Johnny, be sure to wear your toboggan before you ride your toboggan.” This is bothersome to me.
By the way, I refer to carbonated drinks by their brand name and not “pop,” “soda,” or -gasp- “soda pop.”