“It’s happened to just about all of us when we travel outside the state. You’re absolutely parched and ask a friendly looking stranger….”Where’s the bubbler?” They look at you like you’re speaking Klingon.”
This article comes Wisconsin, one of the few other places that refers to a water/drinking fountain as a “Bubbler.” Rhode Islanders know that makes us distinct, but what geographic patterns are present in this linguistic quirk? This regionally-based term comes from the Kohler Company (from Wisconsin) that trademarked the term to sell their product and the name stuck in a few places (and internationally it is used in Australia as well).
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