Here in Mississippi, when the conversation turns to beverages, people will often refer to “sweet tea,” and it annoys the hell out of me.
It would not annoy me if, when people referred to tea with no added sugar or artificial sweetener in it, they said only, “tea.”
But no. When I ask for iced tea — and I drink it unsweetened — I have to go to the trouble of saying “unsweet tea.” Why? Why?
It would not be as annoying if I knew that people who take their tea sweet only said, “Tea.” Then it would make sense for me to have to specify, “unsweet.”
But no. They have to say “sweet tea” AND I have to say “unsweet tea.”
It’s very annoying.