Word for Wednesday (W4W) #09


This week’s word is…


The OH and I were out driving yesterday and, as we passed a service station, I saw a large sign with the words, “Pizza slice and a can of minerals for €3!”

We drove for a bit, until I couldn’t help myself but ask him, “Why do we call soft drinks minerals in Ireland?” to which he glanced over at me, eyes wide and replied, “Good question! I have never understood that either!”

A very inane and silly conversation ensued as we tried to work out the etymology of the term. I started giggling uncontrollably, with him joining in very quickly. It turns out minerals is one of those words that, if you say it often enough, beings to sound completely meaningless and ridiculous.

We got to that place where you are laughing, simply because you are laughing, and as we said the word and looked at each other, it just made us collapse into giggles again. Don’t you just love when that happens?

We did eventually manage to get ourselves under control. After a while, as we approached home I simply said, “Minerals,” and he roared again.

I just thought I would make it my word this week because

a) it made me giggle so much

b) I want to know if other countries call soft drinks minerals too

c) I would love to know if anyone knows why we call soft drinks minerals

d) I would also love to know what words, when repeated over and over, make you laugh because they sound ridiculous!

Share your ideas with me!

I do hope you will all join in again. To review the rules of W4W click here!

Now… off you go to fetch yourself a nice cold glass of minerals! 😂



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16 thoughts on “Word for Wednesday (W4W) #09

  1. When you talk about minerals in South Africa, you first think of diamonds, gold, chrome, etc. We do have mineral water, which is bottled water. Minerals as a soft drink is not completely unfamiliar, but not used as much as soft drinks or cool drinks. Minerals … maybe because of carbon dioxide or soda in it? I still have to think of a word. Have not done my W4W yet.

  2. LMAO I love this! I love it because I learned something (would never have but soft drink and minerals together!) and I love the moment you shared. I do love when that happens!

    We’ve got a lot of names for soda over here. soda, soda pop, soft drink, cola, coke, pop… In the southeast, even though Coca-Cola is a brand of cola, a coke is often used as a generic term for any fizzy cola.

  3. Wow, that’s weird. You’ll have to let us know if you ever figure out why it’s called that.
    I love those times when you can’t stop laughing. When looking at each other starts it all over again. Good fun!

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  5. Have never heard of that- that’s great. When I was a we’an used to call all carbonated drinks ‘fizzy-pop’ as if just calling a drink ‘fizzy’ or ‘pop’ wasn’t enough. ‘Yeah, but man, it’s REALLY fizzy pop…’
    The best was R Whites Cream Soda-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hro4AdTYiTA- though probably because of the ad, not the drink itself. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top- no wonder I had so many fillings…

    Here’s my effort for W4W. Think murderous triffids and you won’t be far wrong…


    • Hmmmm… because its got two legs? I’m sure there are many words that defy explanation! Personally I never understand why a BJ is called that, (sorry I know that is a bit on the rude side! but hey, I do wonder why!)

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