One who works at a soda fountain. New Mexico.
- Elsie Warnock's Dialect Speech in California and New Mexico
Well, I guess that's better than being called a soda-jerk
On this day in 1886, John S. Pemberton, Atlanta pharmicist, started selling his backyard-brass kettle-brewed headache and hangover remedy. It contained dried South American coca leaves, which was a common medicine ingredient of the day, African kola-nut extract, and fruit syrup. He marketed it as a "Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage." At the suggestion of his accountant, John S. called it Coca-Cola. The story goes that a lazy soda-squirt
didn't want to walk all the way to the other end of the counter to add tap water to the syrup as directed, and instead added carbonated water from the nearest spigot. The soda beverage was born.
First year sales were not great. $50 was taken in and $73.96 was spent in advertising. In 1887, Pemberton sold 2/3 of his ownership of Coca-Cola for $1,200.
That's got to go down in history as one of the worst deals ever