See under Calgon.
What is Soft About a Soft Drink? What Does Soda Have to Do With Sodium?
Some call it soda. Others say soft drink, fizzy drink, soda pop, or just plain-old pop. There is no right word for the sweet carbonated beverage, although it would be wrong not to know the linguistic background behind the bubbles. That doesn’t mean we don’t have a thirst … for knowledge, that is. Why are soft drinks called soft? The “soft” in soft drinks is …
Where did the strange expression “hair of the dog” come from?
If you woke up on New Year’s Day feeling as if you had been hit by a truck, you may have sought a hangover remedy with an infamously odd name: the hair of the dog. A morning drink may be the last thing you want after a night of boozing. But that’s exactly what this quirky English expression means. Originally, the expression referred to a method of treating a …
Origin of sodium hexametaphosphate
a brand of sodium phosphate glass (sodium hexametaphosphate), soluble in water: used as a water-softening agent.
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trademark a chemical compound, sodium hexametaphosphate, with water-softening properties, used in detergents
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