from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun One who works at a soda fountain.
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- noun a person who serves soda, ice cream, similar foods from behind a
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- noun US, idiomatic, dated A person who works at a
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- noun someone who works at a soda fountain
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Short for soda jerker.]
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treeseed commented on the word soda jerk
Soda jerk (or soda jerker) is the name for the person — typically a youth — who works the soda fountain in a drugstore. The term refers to the person who made an ice cream soda. This was made by putting flavored syrup into a specially designed tall glass, adding soda water and, finally one or two scoops of ice cream. The result was served with a long handled "soda spoon" and straws. The name soda jerk came from the jerking action the server would use on the soda fountain handle when adding the soda water. Very few drugstores still serve ice cream and soda, which reached its peak in the 1940s.
February 13, 2008