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What do you call it?

pop corn
12(40.0%)
popped corn
1(3.3%)
popping corn
1(3.3%)
other
16(53.3%)

If "other," what do you call it?


[Edit: I didn't mean to cause a great battle against "pop corn" and "popcorn," but that seems to have happened. For the purposes of my poll, "pop corn" and "popcorn" are the same, but I realized that in real life that's not the case. So if you wish "popcorn" (no space) was one of the choices, go ahead and choose "other" and write it in. Everyone else is.]

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meep
Dec. 4th, 2003 07:05 am (UTC)
It looks like us "other"s are in agreement. No space.

Before it's popped, it's "unpopped popcorn". After it's popped, it's asking for butter -- I mean, it's "popped popcorn".

Now, I am fine with calling it "popping corn" before popped and "popped corn" after popped.

Pop, Corn, Pop!
Butter on Top!

(Hop on Pop)
repast
Dec. 4th, 2003 07:11 am (UTC)
Now, I am fine with calling it "popping corn" before popped and "popped corn" after popped.

Yes my point exactly! Grammatically it should be 'popped corn' after the fact. 'popcorn' is just too imprecise. if someone says they have popcorn, you're really not sure if it's prepared or not. this conundrum could be eliminated by separating it out so the status of the popping corn, ie. pre-preparation, in particular is not in question.
rhiannonstone
Dec. 4th, 2003 07:42 am (UTC)
I actually tend to think of only the popped stuff as "popcorn," and the unpopped stuff is "popcorn kernels." Though I also have been known to use "popping corn" and "popped corn."
repast
Dec. 4th, 2003 08:13 am (UTC)
The debate rages on...
kimber
Dec. 4th, 2003 07:07 am (UTC)
Humm, after seeing the "other" comments, I'd probably have to change my answer to popcorn, no space, as well.
rhiannonstone
Dec. 4th, 2003 07:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, there's a definite difference between "pop corn" and "popcorn."
seraphimsigrist
Dec. 4th, 2003 08:26 am (UTC)
popcorn and geography
I was going to say that the way these things
usaully work is that there is a geographical
distribution...but it seems almost everyone
is on the popcorn(or pop corn which I have not
seem but wonder if the one is not just an error,
well and I vote for the single word as norm but
if it is me in error in words of pogo 'we have
met the enemy and he is us!' :) )so perhaps
there is no sectional divide?
tawnyleona
Dec. 4th, 2003 09:11 am (UTC)
I see the debate between "pop corn" and "popcorn" (although, until I read the Edit, I was going to vote for the former as the latter), but is there really a pop/soda debate about anything else? It's popcorn. Go to a movie theater, any movie theater. On the big sack of kernals, it says, "POPCORN".

"Popping corn" is so pretentious.
repast
Dec. 4th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
well I meant to vote for popped corn, which may be equally pretentious. instead I have the interesting label of 'pretentiously unable to read'. oh the ignominy. where's my popp korn.
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