A nice glass of “ice tea”

You know, sometimes I think that I’ll never find another pet peeve.  Then I end up searching lowes.com for an ice maker (don’t ask).  While searching for ice makers, here is what popped up instead:


Ooh, I hate it when people call it ice tea.  It is not simply tea made of ice — it is tea that has had been iced and therefore iced tea.

At times, it seems like more people are saying ice tea than iced tea, at least up here in the northeast.  (I’m pretty sure that sweet tea is the term preferred in the southern and midwestern states.)

The fact that either Lowes or the manufacturers spelled this wrong only perpetuates this myth.

Have you noticed this?


10 responses to “A nice glass of “ice tea”

  1. Also,
    Hot water heater
    what the hell!, hot water does not need heating.

  2. “ice cream” used to be “iced cream”

  3. In the south, the term is just “tea”. It is by definition iced and sweetened. Deviations from the standard require additional qualifying adjectives, usually spoken in a slightly apologetic tone.

    As in “I’d like unsweetened tea, please. I’m not from around here.”


  4. I think this is just one of those evolution of language things.

  5. If any of you are from Boston, you should check out Teavana at the Pru. It’s a teapot shop that has the most wonderful, fragrant teas to sample. I went there for the first time yesterday. They had chai, rose petals, lemon strawberry iced tea and more — all for free!

  6. Philip: It’s more like the de-evolution of language. Ice tea is just plain wrong. It’s not evolutionary.
    It’s the same way “party” became a verb.

  7. @ John: Ice cream was the first thing to come to my mind, as well. Ice tea does rankle my nerves but not ice cream. Comfort from familiarity, I suppose.

  8. Couldn’t they just put quotes around it? Quotes make everything a-ok!

  9. Ryan Funkhouser

    The only people who refer to ice tea as “iced tea” have flat asses and live in Washington

  10. Hey, I call it “iced tea” and I don’t live in Washington!

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